German manufactures demanded that Britain be allowed to continue trading with the EU without any barriers

The car-making industry said punishing Britain makes no sense – and it called on the German chancellor to give the UK a favourable trade deal.

‘Every possible measure must be undertaken to enable the continued free movement of goods and services between the UK and the other EU countries. Following British departure from the EU, it will be in nobody’s interest to make the international flow of goods more expensive by erecting customs barriers between Britain and the European continent.’

Germany sells more cars to Britain than to any other country, with 810,000 exported last year, Mr Wissman said. And half of the 2.6million cars made in Britain last year were built by German-owned firms such as BMW, which runs Mini and Rolls-Royce.

Mr Wissman said: ‘We should do everything we can to ensure that this success story will be continued. Now it is up to Brussels to take action.’

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