Toyota UK is hoping to mitigate supply issues that could arise immediately after Brexit by pausing car production for one day.
“We will have a production pause on the first day of Brexit, which is Friday 1st November 2019,” said a spokesman.
“Then we will restart production on the Monday and the Tuesday.”
In spite of the closure, Toyota doesn’t expect any volume to be lost due to the factory’s down-time.
It remains unclear exactly what the effects of Brexit – be it with a deal or not – will be.
“We don’t know what the actual situation will be like. We’ve already pulled forward a couple of days of extra inventory which we will then use on the Monday and Tuesday and we will have to see what the situation is after that,” continued the spokesman.
UK automotive has been one of the most critical sectors of Brexit, with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) claiming that no deal with the EU would be like ‘death by a thousand cuts’ for homegrown industry.
A recent report has suggested that the total cost of a no-deal Brexit could top £4 billion per year.
Toyota production comprises eight percent of the 1.52 million cars built annually in Britain.
It commenced making its new Corolla at the Burnaston factory in Derbyshire this year.