Honda Plans To Close Its UK Swindon Factory, Says Report

Honda Plans To Close Its UK Swindon Factory, Says Report

Honda Plans To Close Its UK Swindon Factory, Says Report

In a devastating blow for British car-making, Honda is set to announce it's closing its plant in Swindon by 2022, putting 3,500 jobs at risk.

The Swindon factory, which produces the Civic hatchback - including the 316bhp Type R - is Honda's only vehicle production plant in the EU.

Justin Tomlinson, a Conservative lawmaker for Swindon who voted for Brexit in 2016, said he had met with the business minister and representatives from Honda who had confirmed the plans.

He said no job losses at the plant were expected until 2021.

More updates as we get them.

FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 file photo shows the Honda logo on a 2019 Honda Civic on display at the 2019 Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh.

The source at the plant said it was awaiting official confirmation from Honda and had not been told anything. Honda said Monday that it could not comment "at this stage".

Work began on its own plant at Swindon in 1985. Des Quinn, the union's automotive-sector national officer, said the plant's closure "would be a shattering body blow at the heart of United Kingdom manufacturing".

But it has struggled in Europe in recent years, and the industry faces a number of challenges including declining diesel demand and tougher regulations alongside the uncertainty over Britain's departure from the European Union, due next month.

It follows thousands of job losses at Jaguar Land Rover, Vauxhall, Ford and Michelin and the decision by Nissan to build its new models in Japan rather than Sunderland.

Last week Ford said that if Britain left the European Union without a deal on smooth future relations, it would be "catastrophic for the United Kingdom auto industry and Ford's manufacturing operations in the country".

Labour MP Rachel Reeves, chairman of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy committee, described the how the closure would be "devastating for Swindon, for jobs, for the supply-chain, and for the UK's auto industry".

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