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Over 3,000 jobs under threat in Swindon

MORE than 3,000 jobs are under threat after Honda announced yesterday it is to close its Swindon plant in “a shattering blow” to Britain’s economy.

The car manufacturer declined to comment on the announcement by local Tory MP Justin Tomlinson, who said the move is “based on global trends and not Brexit as all European market production will consolidate in Japan in 2021.”

He said: “Honda will be consulting with all staff and there is not expected to be any job losses, or changes in production until 2021.”

The company employs about 3,500 people at its plant in Wiltshire, building around 160,000 Honda Civics a year, more than 90 per cent of which were exported to Europe and the US.

Unite national officer for the automotive sector Des Quinn said: “If these reports are confirmed, this would be a shattering body blow at the heart of British manufacturing.”

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey added: “We are seeking confirmation and the reasons for Honda’s decision, however it is clear that the Conservatives’ Brexit deadlock is not only risking our future economy, it is damaging it right now.”

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