Britain’s luxury automakers prepare for worst as Brexit looms

Aston Martin and Bentley Motors saw this crash coming — but it’s still going to sting.

Speaking onstage at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit before and after the British Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the CEOs of two companies synonymous with UK carmaking had been bracing for disaster. Both have been making arrangements to do what they can to avoid problems with their supply chains.

“I’ve done what any sane person would do: I’ve assumed the worst,” Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said. “I’ve assumed we will crash out of Europe, and in consequence our supply chain will be disrupted.”