UK PLANTS WILL BE UN­DER THREAT

Autocar - - A CARVOYANT’S GUIDE TO 2019 TOP TIPS - JRE

Closely linked to Brexit – will 2019 be the year that a ma­jor car plant shuts in the UK? There are sev­eral pos­si­ble can­di­dates, but his­tory sug­gests any clo­sure plan will de­velop over a cou­ple of years and is likely to be leaked well in ad­vance – given the cat­a­clysmic ef­fect on jobs, the sup­ply chain and West­min­ster pol­i­tics. So we wouldn’t ex­pect the doors to be shut­tered on any ma­jor plant in 2019, but as the de­tail of the UK’S fu­ture trade agree­ment is ne­go­ti­ated from April (prob­a­bly…), any in­crease in the PR vol­ume around a plant clo­sure is noise we re­ally don’t want to hear this year.

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