Centre for Brexit Studies
Ian Henry is a visiting Professor in Automotive Business Strategy at the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University for the Centre. See below for his latest posts.
Recently the rather unusual plans of a new entrant into automotive manufacturing – Ineos – to make SUVs in Wales have been paused (for which read almost certainly cancelled); shortly after this news came reports that a fledgling – but as yet not fully funded – British start-up, Britishvolt, would build a gigafactory for in Wales, near the new Aston Martin plant. One piece of bad news quickly followed by a piece of potentially good news. Maybe, or maybe not. (Click to read full blog)
As the UK economy is slowly released from its lockdown, the free-market-oriented Conservative government is facing up to having to a change in strategy, involving a degree of state involvement or direction across huge swathes of the economy; this would be an anathema to many on the right of UK politics. (Click to read full blog)
Speaking to the FT from a Westminster café, rather than the gilded rooms of the Treasury, Sajid Javid told UK businesses that they had had three years or more to prepare for leaving the EU so they should be ready for the UK to no longer follow EU rules. The country will no longer be a rule taker. (Click to read full blog)
After the proposed FCA-Renault merger foundered, the FCA-PSA merger seems likely to go ahead. The real centre of power in the new company will be in France and as a result, if Renault and Nissan can maintain their alliance in some functional form in the years ahead, France will have two global automotive champions. The corporatist French state will be delighted. (Click to read full blog)
One of Brexit’s biggest cheerleaders, billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, the man who founded Ineos Chemicals and who took over the controversial Sky cycling team, has committed to making his long-heralded Grenadier, the so-called spiritual successor to the Land Rover Defender, in Wales. (Click to read full blog)