BMW will shut its Mini factory in Oxford for a month after Britain leaves the EU as it prepares for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.
The company has moved its annual summer shutdown to April, coinciding with Brexit to minimise the risk of any “short-term parts-supply” disruption in the event of a no-deal.
It comes just hours after Honda Europe's senior vice president Ian Howells warned a no-deal would harm its competitiveness at its Swindon plant.
Yesterday Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to move its Birmingham factory to a three-day week citing headwinds caused by Brexit.
BMW had previously warned that delays along the supply chain, particularly due to customs checks, would hit production and profits.
It also called for more clarity from the government regarding the impact of Brexit.
Production of BMW's electric Mini is expected to begin next year at the Oxford factory.
A spokesperson for BMW said: “Planned annual maintenance periods at BMW Group production sites allow essential updating and equipment replacement to be completed over several weeks, while there is no production taking place.
“As a responsible organisation, we have scheduled next year’s annual maintenance period at Mini Plant Oxford to start on 1 April, when the UK exits the EU, to minimise the risk of any possible short-term parts-supply disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
“While we believe this worst case scenario is an unlikely outcome, we have to plan for it.”