My answer to What do the Japanese think of Britain now that Brexit has occurred?
Answer by Desmond Last:
They are wondering where their next vehicle product line is going to be manufactured. It is unlikely to be in the U.K.
When I was Legislation Manager for Renault Trucks at Dunstable part of my role was forecasting changes to Legislation for the next 10 Years.
The E.U and the U.N are the primary organisations that decide the legislative design parameters of all the vehicles in the World. A change to say the 5mm radius on exterior vehicle surfaces could take up to five years to go from pre-production to production.
Vehicle manufactures need to be part of the legislation changes. I once obtained a Construction and Use change for a Renault Trucks variant could not comply with noise levels. So it is an ongoing process of design possibility and legislative requirements.
The Japanese car manufactures that are in the U.K are here to gain access to the E.U market and be part of the drawing up of the Type Approval requirements for new legislation.
Once the U.K leaves the E.U those manufacturers that have head offices based the U.K will have to move. I do not know who is advising May but whoever it is needs to be sacked.
The other car manufactures who are in the E.U are not going to want the U.K based car manufacturers to have the same rights as they enjoy. Why should they? The U.K will no longer be paying into the E.U.
Brexit is not just a matter of signing Trade Agreements with whoever wants to dump their surplus production into the U.K.
Theresa May can talk to Turnbull all day but Turnbull has a population of 25 million and is a long way from the U.K.
May urgent needs new ideas and new advice. But as I keep pointing out May will not listen to anybody outside of her inner circle. Our Civil Service and costly advisers does not have the experience to deal with this. May has to go outside of Whitehall to get her Plan A.
I do not know who is advising May but whoever it is needs to be sacked.
The Japanese have given the U.K notice. The U.K must either be prepared to lose car manufacturing in the U.K or take on the E.U.