Vauxhall have reacted to the EU referendum result amid questions over the future of their Ellesmere Port plant.
The car giant is considering the knock-on effects of a victory for the Leave campaign after previously urging staff to back Remain.
Britain and Cheshire West voted for Brexit on a momentous day in UK politics (June 24).
The manufacturer employs more than 2,000 staff at their factory in Ellesmere Port.
Owner General Motors has not ruled out closing the plant and previously said Vauxhall was part of a ‘fully integrated European company’ which benefited from the EU.
Earlier this week Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said he believed the plant would close if the out vote triumphed.
A Vauxhall spokeswoman said today: “It is important for Vauxhall that negotiations on the UK's future relationship with the EU are concluded in a timely manner.
“It is also important that business continues to benefit from the free movement of goods and people during this period.
“Communication on the development of the future relationship with the EU should also be clear and transparent.
“We fully support remaining part of the European Economic Area.”
Prime Minister David Cameron visited the Ellesmere Port plant in March in support of staying in the EU.
Now after a loss which has damaged his credibility, he has announced he will leave No. 10 Downing Street within the next three months.
The Ellesmere Port plant has been named the ‘Home of the Astra’, with the family car named European Car of the Year for 2016.
Nearby Airbus in Broughton, who also urged against a potential Brexit, have expressed their disappointment at the result.
Mayor Anderson told our sister paper the Liverpool ECHO: “General Motors have factories in Spain and Germany. The idea that they are going to be willing to pay tariffs to carry on making cars in Ellesmere Port and keep the workforce here is unrealistic.
“They will simply close the factory and move production to Spain or Germany.
“Investment comes to our city region because businesses knows we have access to the single market.”
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