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‘We’ll cope on our OWN TWO FEET’ UK to THRIVE after Brexit as EU suffers, motor boss says

BREXIT-backing motor boss David Brown says the industry will continue to boom on the back of UK leaving the EU.

Mr Brown, who is the driving force behind bringing the iconic Mini into the modern-day, said he believed Brexit wouldn’t “make any difference” and it could make Britain a “cheaper place to live.”His company David Brown Automotive will be expanding its workforce and opening a new base at Silverstone this summer – the home of British motorsport.

Mr Brown, speaking to the Express at the Top Marques show in Monaco, said: “The UK is very capable on it’s own two feet and we will not lose our European neighbours.

Endurance racing at SilverstoneGETTY                 Car designer David Brown said that Brexit would have a limited impact on UK business


Brexit has not affected us

Michelle Gay

“A lot of people are thinking it might be better.”The people who suffer are the unelected political elite we are paying for.”

He added: “I genuinely think it would not make much difference.”

Mr Brown said the concept of Europe had changed since his generation was asked to join the common market.

David Brown car logoDAVIDBROWN           Mr Brown said that the fall in value of the pound made British products more attractive


The Mini, which is rated as one of the best cars at the show, opened by Prince Albert of Monaco, boasts Bluetooth, air conditioning and satellite navigation.Such was the demand for pre-orders at the show that some customers were looking to buy several at a time.

Michelle Gay, brand and business manager at David Brown Automotive, added: “We have had people ordering three at a time, there’s always been a big following for the Mini.

“People are into the fact it’s British.”

She added: “Brexit has not affected us – what the pound has done is make us more competitive in the foreign market.”

Meanwhile, Netherlands based Pal-V Liberty, which has a centre in York, has said it would focus on Britain as a key market for its crossover car plane.Marco van den Bosch, director marketing and sales BeNeLux, at Pal-V, said: “We are focusing on Britain, Germany and France as they have the infrastructure of flying.

“Of course with Brexit now we do not know what is going to happen but we hope at Pal-V we can keep the connections between Britain and the mainland.”

David Brown carDAVIDBROWN            The company was confident that trade and business would continue between Britain and the EU


Bosses at Slovakian firm Aeromobil – which was taking orders for its version of a flying car, for between 1.2 million and 1.5 million euros, said the UK remained a key market.Stefan Vadocz, chief communications officer at Aeromobil, said: “The UK is traditionally the biggest market for general aviation and super cars.

“I hope we will be able to operate the vehicle in the UK.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/795379/brexit-uk-thrive-eu-suffer-motor-car-industry-boss

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