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Jaguar Land Rover is set to reduce production amid Brexit concerns and a crackdown by the government on diesel cars.
There will be a decrease in the number of cars that are rolling off the ramps at the Halewood plant of Jaguar Land Rover that is situated close to Liverpool.
Today, Jaguar Land Rover said that “temporary adjustments” to schedules in production would start in the second quarter of this year.
Halewood is one of the three UK plants of Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover. The vehicle manufacturer is the biggest in Britain. It will be particularly affected by the plans of the government to increase the vehicle excise duty on diesel cars starting April – the fuel type that 90 percent of the vehicles of the company is powered by.
According to Reuters, the company said: “Ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit is being felt by customers at home and in Europe.
“Concern around the future of petrol and diesel engines – and general global economic and political uncertainty – and it’s clear to see why the industry is seeing an impact on car sales.”
Baroness Lorely Burt, the Liberal Democrat Lords business spokesperson, said that it was “sad” the JLR was slashing its production of cars “as a result of the repercussions of the Brexit vote”.
“Though we don’t know yet things are going to be resolved with regard to the deal with Europe, we do know that continuing uncertainty is greatly damaging business… The harsher the Brexit, the worse it will be for British industry and Britain generally,” said Burt.