The future of Vauxhall’s plant at Ellesmere Port is in doubt after the Government “brutally changed the rules” on the sale of petrol and diesel cars, the boss of its parent company has said. Speaking at an event to mark the merger of Vauxhall-owner PSA Groupe and Fiat Chrysler to create a new business called Stellantis, Carlos Tavares criticised the decision to ban the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines from 2030. He said: “If the rules under which we operate are completely changed by a government... there is a limit for the headwinds. If there are so many barriers that there is no room to create value it is the ethical responsibility of the company to make a decision.” The decision over the future of the Ellesmere Port factory, Cheshire would come "within weeks", he said. However, Mr Tavares said a decision about investment for a new model or electric vehicles being built at the plant would be taken in light of “the UK government’s willingness to protect some kind of automotive industry in its own country, which is about their own strategy”. As the Stellantis decides where to invest in making electric vehicles, Mr Tavares said it would have to consider “a pure logistic or paperwork respect, perhaps it is better to put it in continental Europe” - a clear reference to barriers created by Brexit. He called Vauxhall “a strong asset” and praised workers at Ellesmere Port and the marque’s Luton van plant for their efforts to maintain production during the pandemic.
The British fishing port of Peterhead has seen an 18% drop in the volume of fish landed since the start of the year, reflecting difficulties transporting seafood to mainland Europe since new post-Brexit customs checks started on Jan. 1. British fishermen protested outside parliament on Monday, and some British fishing boats have been landing their catch at ports in Denmark to avoid delays. The volume of fish landed at Peterhead in northeast Scotland, Britain's biggest fishing port, has fallen to an average of 4,280 boxes a day so far this month, according to a Reuters calculation from daily catch data.