ACTIVISTS will hold a public demostration at the BMW Mini works in Oxford tomorrow in support of the UNITE union's new call for a Brexit deal that secures the future of the UK car industry.

Thousands of jobs in the Cowley plant could be at risk if a no-deal Brexit results in a 10 per cent EU tariff on UK car exports.

Talking about tomorrow's rally Colin Gordon, press oficer at the volunteer group Oxford for Europe, praised UNITE for 'waking up' to the threat of hard Brexit.

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He commented: "Concern about Brexit and BMW is not new in Oxford.

"Last year we ran a campaign to alert BMW car workers to the Brexit threat, along with a public meeting in Cowley and campaign events at the Mini plant.

"It is good news that UNITE has now woken up to the threat of a hard Brexit to its members' jobs in the UK automotive industry.

"Now, alongside the UK car manufacturers, they are finally responding in an urgent way."

As part of a European Movement nationwide day of action, campaigners will be lobbying MPs  to say 'No to No Deal' tomorrow, while activists at BMW Cowley will back UNITE's public call to the government to 'Get a Deal'.

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Littlemore councillor John Tanner, who is also chair of Oxford European Association, said: "The British Government should do all it can to prevent a no-deal car crash when the transition period ends on December 31.

"It is vital for the prosperity of Oxford that Mini can continue to sell freely to the rest of Europe and get essential spare parts from around the globe.

"Giant queues of lorries at the ports, delays to just-in-time deliveries and taxes on trade would threaten thousands of skilled jobs at Cowley.

"The Mini Plant is Oxford’s pride and joy.

"Boris Johnson should get a grip and get a deal before it’s too late."