Failing to strike a Brexit deal would put “hundreds of thousands” of jobs in the car industry at risk, MPs have said.
The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee said continued close alignment with the EU would ensure the industry’s survival.
And it warned the introduction of trade barriers would leave the sector unable to compete with its European rivals.
The government said it wanted a deal that maintains the industry’s strength.
In a report published on Thursday, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee said the UK car industry was largely export-led with Europe as the primary market.
The sector’s success was built on “complex supply chains” that stretch throughout Europe, it said.
If trade barriers were erected after Brexit, it could cost the sector upwards of £4.5bn in lost exports, the committee said. Jobs and inward investment worth “hundreds of millions of pounds” would also be lost.
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