In a major boost to the government, Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders has personally promised the company will remain in the UK post Brexit.
The move marks a major turnaround from Mr Enders who passionately argued for remain in the run up to the referendum in June 2016.
Enders’s promise was made in a letter this month to Business Secretary Greg Clark, according to an official who declined to be named citing private correspondence.
Enders wrote that the aerospace giant would continue to see the U.K. as a “home country and a competitive place to invest.’’ The “home country” reference is a nod to company’s 15,000 U.K. employees. That status gives Airbus’s national divisions priority and influence on production and strategy decisions.