Carmaker Honda is planning to close its plant in Swindon, England by 2022, according to reports by Sky News that were confirmed by Swindon’s local MP.
The plant employs 3,500 people producing Honda’s Civic model and it’s the company’s only facility in the EU. The decision, which will be officially announced later today, is reportedly due to Brexit uncertainty.
MP Justin Tomlinson claims that Honda’s decision is “based on global trends and not Brexit as all European market production will consolidate in Japan in 2021,” and that the government would set up a taskforce to manage the unemployment in the area.
Recently, Nissan changed its mind on the construction of a new model at its factory in Sunderland. A no-deal Brexit could bring even more trouble for the UK auto market as manufacturers risk higher costs for exports. More than half the cars made in the UK last year were exported to other countries in the EU.