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Toyota says no-deal Brexit could halt UK production

Customs checks would risk holding up needed parts from Europe

Toyota Motor's Burnaston plant in central England, which produced 130,000 vehicles last year, relies on a steady flow of parts from continental Europe.   © Reuters

NAGOYA -- Toyota Motor warned Wednesday that it could be forced to suspend production in the U.K. if the country leaves the European Union with no agreement on the terms of its departure.

The Japanese automaker's Burnaston plant in central England, which churned out 130,000 vehicles last year, uses 150 trucks' worth of parts per day. A third of this comes from continental Europe, and these shipments would likely be subject to tariffs and customs checks in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

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