Jaguar Land Rover to cut jobs and production - and to blame Brexit

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Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will cut around 1,000 jobs and production at two of its English factories because of a fall in sales caused by uncertainty around Brexit and confusion over diesel policy, a source told Reuters.

"We are however continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as we over-proportionally invest in new products and technologies, it added".

"But there is no getting away from the impact that the Government's diesel tax late previous year has had, sowing extra confusion among drivers who are holding off on replacing diesels". Jaguar's sales, meanwhile, have plummeted by over 26 per cent.

Much of the slump was down to the monumental dive in diesel sales, which fell by 16 per cent on the back of additional surcharges and changes to VED introduced by the Government last April.

"We also remain committed to our United Kingdom plants, in which we have invested more than £4 billion since 2010 to futureproof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models".

Jaguar Land Rover to cut jobs and production – and to blame Brexit

Latest employee figures say there are 3,200 people employed at the Castle Bromwich site and a further 10,000 at Solihull. JLR, owned by India's Tata Motors, employs about 40,000 people in the United Kingdom, a quarter of whom are at Solihull.

In a statement issued this afternoon, JLR said: "As is standard business practice, Jaguar Land Rover regularly reviews its production schedules to ensure market demand is balanced globally".

Those cuts were made at its Halewood plant in Merseyside.

The jobs cuts are believed to have been triggered by a 26% decline in JLR's United Kingdom vehicle sales over the first three months of this year, The Guardian reports.

JLR's global sales grew by 7% in 2017 with the sale of 621,109 cars in a year the company branded as its "best ever" and the seventh consecutive year of successive growth. JLR blamed the continuing uncertainty over diesel for the downturn.

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