At the referendum on 23 June, the United Kingdom chose a future outside the European Union. The implications of the referendum result for trade and market access will of course depend on the outcome of future negotiations, but the fact remains that the United Kingdom is a major part of the EU automobile manufacturing supply chain.
The UK is home to over 30 production facilities, producing both engines and whole vehicles, as well as many more suppliers to the auto industry. In total, the sector employs some 700,000 people in the United Kingdom.
80% of the UK’s automobile production is exported, of which 52.8% (worth €14.6 billion) goes to EU member states. The other way round, the EU represents 81% of the UK’s motor vehicle import volume, worth €44.7 billion.
The interactive infographic below provides an overview of motor vehicle trade between the United Kingdom and its main EU partners (Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, Poland and Italy) in 2015, covering exports and imports of motor vehicles, automotive parts and accessories.