Honda to shut UK plant, imperiling 3,500 jobs, say reports

A file photo of a transporter loaded with Honda cars leaves the Honda car factory in Swindon, southwest England. (AFP)

Honda is to close a car factory in western England with the potential loss of 3,500 jobs, according to media reports.

Britain’s Sky News reported that the Japanese carmaker will announce on Tuesday that the Swindon plant, where Honda makes its Civic model, will close in 2022.

Honda said Monday it could not comment “at this stage.” The Unite trade union, which represents workers at the plant, said it was looking into the report.

Meanwhile, Justin Tomlinson, a UK member of parliament for North Swindon confirmed in a tweet a planned shutdown of the Swindon plant, Bloomberg reported.

“Honda will be consulting with all staff and there is not expected to be any job losses or changes in production until 2021,” Tomlinson wrote. “They are clear this is based on global trends and not Brexit as all European market production will consolidate in Japan in 2021.”

The reports comes as British businesses are issuing increasingly urgent warnings about the damage being done by the uncertainty around Britain’s looming exit from the European Union.

The UK is set to leave the bloc on March 29 but has yet to seal a deal laying out the divorce terms and establishing what trade rules will apply after Brexit.

(With Agencies)

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