German car bosses have called for Britain to be allowed to continue trading freely within the EU, following the Brexit vote.
Leaders within the German car manufacturing industry called on Chancellor Angela Merkel to give the UK a favourable trade deal, due to Britain being the biggest importer of German cars than any other country.
Half of the 2.6 million cars built in Britain in 2015 were by German-owned companies, including BMW, which runs Mini and Rolls Royce, while a further 810,000 were imported from Germany.
Matthias Wissmann, of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), said: “Even if many “experts” are competing to paint the worst possible scenario, now is the time for calmness.
“Every possible measure must be undertaken to enable the continued free movement of goods and services between the UK and the other EU countries. Following the British departure from the EU, it will be in nobody’s interest to make the international flow of goods more expensive by erecting customs barriers between Britain and the European continent.”
Commenting on the success of German-built models in the UK, Wissman added: “We should do everything we can to ensure that this success story will be continued. Now it is up to Brussels to take action.”
Merkel herself has said that there is ‘no reason to be nasty in the Brexit negotiations’, while other EU leaders have said that it may ‘take months for Britain to begin the process of leaving the EU as it is facing a ‘very significant political crisis’.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.