LOCAL MEP MEETS CATERPILLAR TO DISCUSS PRIORITIES FOR BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS
Local Euro MP Vicky Ford and Peterborough's MP Stewart Jackson met with staff and management of Caterpillar, one of Peterborough's largest employers this week. The visit, part of Mrs Ford's consultation with job creators on the priorities for trade, industry and jobs, comes as the government makes preparations for Brexit negotiations.
Mrs Ford, who chairs the European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, said, "The Prime Minister has promised that we will make Brexit work. Therefore, it is vital that we continue listening to employers, small and large, to fully understand their needs and challenges."
The Peterborough facility employs 2500 people, and has the capacity to manufacture over half a million Cat® and Perkins engines a year. It is the largest Caterpillar facility in Europe. Almost half of its engines are exported into the European single market.
Mrs Ford said, "Caterpillar is a major inward investor in the UK, employing more than 8,000 people at 20 facilities across the UK and after we leave the EU, companies like Caterpillar which have global and interconnected supply chains will want to be able to continue to sell into the EU's Single Market with the minimum amount of extra cost or bureaucracy. Therefore, it is important to understand how the nitty gritty detail of the negotiations ahead will impact them and thus minimise uncertainty for local jobs."
David Goldspink, General Manager of Operations said, "Maintaining full access to and from the Single Market is critical to Caterpillar for the future competitiveness of our business and to be able to serve our customers both here in the UK and around the world."
Topics up for discussion between the company and Mrs Ford included customs duties, regulations and tariffs.
Mrs Ford has been meeting regularly with UK government ministers and is helping The UK Manufacturers' Association, EFF, to develop its Brexit strategy.
Mrs Ford added, "It's in the interests of both the UK and the EU that we listen to real businesses like Caterpillar and have their needs reflected in the trade negotiations. In short, the government is getting on with Brexit and we need to make sure it works not just in Whitehall and Westminster, but in places like Peterborough."
Mrs Ford also met with leaders of Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council to discuss similar issues.
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