Ford has warned that leaving the European Union without a deal next month would be "catastrophic" for the UK's auto industry.

Last month unions said plans by the car giant for a shake-up of its European operations could lead to theloss of 1,000 jobs at the Ford engine plant in Bridgend.

The Ford engine plant in Bridgend.

The company did not confirm reports that it was stepping up preparations to move production out of the UK. A Ford spokesperson said they would take "whatever action is necessary" to remain a competitive player in the European market.

We have long urged the UK Government and Parliament to work together to avoid the country leaving the EU on a no-deal, ard Brexit basis on March 29. Such a situation would be catastrophic for the UK auto industry and Ford's manufacturing operations in the country. We will take whatever action is necessary to preserve the competitiveness of our European business.

Ford spokesperson

The car industry more widely has been warning about the impact of a no-deal Brexit, with some already cutting back on jobs and production plans.

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