The United Kingdom has been an integral part of the European automotive industry for decades. Both motor vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers depend on cross-Channel trade in their supply chains.
As this fact sheet shows, the EU and UK automotive industries are closely interwoven.
- 51% of all exported UK‐made motor vehicles headed to the European Union in 2019.
- In fact, 8 out of 10 motor vehicles produced in the United Kingdom are exported.
- The other way around, only 3 out of 10 motor vehicles made in the European Union are exported (32.2%), with roughly one third of total EU27 vehicle exports heading to the UK.
- The EU represents 81% of the UK’s motor vehicle imports by volume.