Remit calls for Brexit clarity
The Retail Motor Industry (RMI) held its 106th annual dinner in Park Lane, London on 10 October 2019.
RMI chairman, Peter Johnson, welcomed the dinner by looking back over the past year. He examined the federation, motor industry and the changes happening within the UK.
As most are aware, since the referendum in June 2016, businesses in the UK have been waiting for clarity on the future terms of trade with the EU. Johnson tackled the topic of Brexit within his opening speech and said: "It is vital that the government agrees a Brexit deal with the EU. If it cannot, then prices will rise as a result of the import tariffs that will be paid on vehicles and parts. It is in everyone's interests that a future trade deal between the UK and EU removes these tariffs."
The chairman added: "Whilst we have been part of the EU, we have become accustomed to frictionless and tariff-free trade between the UK and the other countries of the EU. It has meant that automotive parts can be delivered quickly from wherever they are made or held in stock and vehicles can be ordered and transported across borders in minimal time.
"Considering the automotive sector provides direct employment for over 800,000 people, it is essential that the government makes a commitment to outline a clear and beneficial deal in order to ensure our industry has what it needs to secure its future success."
After a three-course meal, attendees were treated to the comic stylings of Rory Bremner, well know comedian who specialises in impressions. Bremner's quick, fired wit and political awareness did not go amiss with the audience, where he left many in fits of laughter.
To end the night, the RMI were thrilled to announce that in the evening alone attendees were able to raise over £2,000 for automotive charity, Ben.