Sep 11, 2018
Jaguar Land Rover warns of deep job losses without right Brexit deal
Tens of thousands of jobs at Jaguar Land Rover will be lost in the event of a bad Brexit deal, the boss of Britain's largest carmaker has warned in a speech to Prime Minister Theresa May. Ralf Speth also said the company's UK plants may be forced to halt their lines on March 30 if their supply chains are disrupted as Britain pulls out of the EU, in one of the starkest warnings from an industry leader. The comments follow warnings from the JLR chief executive in July, when he told the Financial Times that carmaking in Britain risked becoming unviable after Brexit. "Those numbers will be counted in the tens of thousands if we do not get the right Brexit deal," he warned. "Like many British companies our supply chains reach deep into Europe. Bluntly, we will not be able to build cars, if the motorway to and from Dover becomes a car park, where the vehicle carrying parts - vital to our processes - is stationary." JLR has already announced it will move full production of the Land Rover Discovery sport utility vehicle to its new plant in Slovakia, rather than producing the car in both the UK and Slovakia as previously planned.
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