Even though the BMW Group has said it would not shut down its factories in the United Kingdom in light of the looming Brexit, its facilities will still face a temporary disruption immediately after March 29, 2019, the day the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union (EU).

The facilities involved include MINI’s Oxford plant, which will halt production for four weeks, while Rolls-Royce’s Goodwood facility will cease operations for two weeks. The move is due to the uncertainty around Brexit and to minimise potential supply chain interruptions during UK’s exit from the EU.

In an official statement, Rolls-Royce wrote, “while we believe that a hard and possibly disruptive Brexit is unlikely, as a responsible company we need to plan for the most challenging potential outcome. Our decisions have to be made in the best interest of our business, our workforce and our customers at the appropriate time, based on the best information available.”

Similarly, BMW said, “as a responsible organisation, we have scheduled next year’s annual maintenance period at MINI Plant Oxford to start on April 1, when the UK exits the EU, to minimise the risk of any possible short-term parts-supply disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit.”

“While we believe this worst case scenario is an unlikely outcome, we have to plan for it. We remain committed to our operations in Britain, which is the only country in the world where we manufacture for all three of our automotive brands,” it adds.