No-deal Brexit would decimate UK motor industry, says Jaguar Land Rover chief

If the UK does not mange to agree a deal with the EU,over Brexit, it could lead to tens of thousands UK motor industry jobs being lost.

These worrying forecasts come from Ralf Speth, chief exec of Jaguar Land Rover. Speth made these comments at the zero emissions summit in Birmingham.

He told Sky News: “Just one part missing could mean stopping production at a cost of £60m a day. That is a huge risk. We depend on free, frictionless, seamless logistics.”

Jaguar is the UK’s biggest car maker and employs around 40,000 people in Britain.

He warned: “It is thousands of pounds cheaper to produce vehicles for instance in eastern Europe than in Solihull and what decisions will I be forced to make if Brexit means not merely that costs go up but that we cannot physically build cars on time and on budget in the UK?” he said.

He continued: “What decisions will we be forced to make, if Brexit means not merely that costs go up, but that we cannot physically build cars on time and on budget in the UK?”

He said: “Six months from Brexit and uncertainty means that many companies are being forced to make decisions about their businesses that will not be reversed, whatever the outcome, just to survive.”


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