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MP attacks Government’s “false” support for the Midlands and the North in response to their “destructive” plans for manufacturing

Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western has railed against the Government’s plans to abandon alignment with EU regulations post-Brexit, which he calls “unnecessary and destructive” for the manufacturing sector.

This week, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid announced that the UK will not seek alignment with EU regulations post-Brexit. Industry leaders such as the CBI, Make UK, and SMMT have warned against such a move, describing that it will cost the automotive sector ‘billions of pounds’, and will ‘reduce consumer choice’. Other organisations such as Unite, who represent workers, have warned it will lead to significant job losses.

Matt, whose Midlands constituency is the home to thousands working in the automotive sector, has urged the Government to be more ambitious regarding Europe and abandon their plans for regulatory divergence.

Speaking about the Government’s proposals, Matt said: “If the Prime Minister and his Government were serious in what they say about supporting North and Midlands communities – that rely on a strong manufacturing sector, he must change tack on regulatory alignment. If he doesn’t, it will spell disaster for areas like mine, and Johnson will have to be held accountable for his false support.”

Matt’s remarks come after last month’s general election, which the Conservative Party won big in seats which were previously held by Labour in the Midlands and the North.

Matt went on to say: “in Parliament, I raised this issue with the Chancellor, and he simply laughed off these warnings. In Prime Minister’s Questions, Johnson quipped that he supports manufacturing in Scotland. As things currently stand, his actions show that his support is a load of nonsense.”

“My message is simple, we must stop Brexit from destroying UK manufacturing.”