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An Airbus without wings is a just a bus. It is an old joke in the aerospace industry. It is also true.Wings for the A320, A330, A340, A350, and A380 series assembled at Airbus plants in France and Germany are built in Britain. Some are flown in giant Beluga transport aircraft to Toulouse. Others are shipped by water on special craft, and hauled in convoys from Bordeaux through the villages of Aquitaine. 

Airbus warns of “catastrophe” following Brexit if there is a total rupture in trade. It fears a “€1bn (£800m) weekly loss in turnover”. The supply chain would “fall apart”. 

The company’s "Brexit risk assessment" says 4,000 UK firms supply over 10,0000 aircraft parts, including Rolls Royce...