Toyota is to stop production at its Burnaston plant, in Derbyshire, on November 1st in preparation for Brexit, after the likelihood of no-deal heightens alongside concerns of exiting the EU affecting the delivery of parts.
Work will stop for at least a day and it is expected that workers will come back the following Monday. Staff are to make up the lost time.
The chairman of Toyota’s European operations previously warned that a no-deal Brexit would make it “extremely complicated” for the company to build new models in the UK.
However, Toyota then stressed it has no plans to leave the UK.
The firm has been stockpiling parts to prepare for Brexit and has 2 days of supplies rather than the usual four hours of production worth.
The news follows representatives of Toyota joining other major manufacturers to meet with Michael Gove to warn the government against a no deal Brexit coup, and ask for detailed answers over jobs and future investment. The delegation was led by Jack Dromey MP, Steve Turner, Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing and Jude Brimble, GMB national secretary for manufacturing.