Road to ruin: A Land Rover Discovery, presumably on its way to Slovakia, leaving a blasted wasteland where its Midlands manufacturing base once stood. Is this a vision of the future Theresa May is creating?

This is the worst possible moment for a company that promised to stay in the UK after Brexit to announce that it is removing even part of its business to an EU country.

On the same day Theresa May was trying to convince her MPs to be confident of a bright future after Brexit, Jaguar Land Rover signalled its own lack of such confidence by announcing the departure of its Land Rover Discovery manufacturing operation for Slovakia.

That’s right: Land Rover, an iconic British brand, will be made in Slovakia from now on – in a factory formerly said merely to “complement” the British operation.

The announcement signalled a u-turn for the company, which had claimed in 2016, shortly after the EU referendum, that it could expand its UK operation, creating more than 10,000 jobs.

This was according to the Daily Mail, mind. Draw your own conclusions as to the accuracy of that publication – but bear in mind that the Brexit-supporting rag did point out that the company’s offer was conditional.

Apparently the company’s chief executive, Dr Ralf Speth, had challenged the Government to invest £450 million in Midlands infrastructure to help secure the investment.

So the company’s decision could be doubly embarrassing for the Conservatives, as it implies that their government couldn’t be bothered to invest in the country in the way business demanded.

Perhaps Tweezer spent the money on… I don’t know… a big bribe for 10 MPs from Northern Ireland instead, so she can push on with her disastrous plans for leaving the EU? Just a thought.

JLR announced last month that it was laying off 1,000 workers due to Brexit uncertainty. Now, we are told hundreds more agency workers will be joining them on – God help them! – Universal Credit.

So: No Tory government investment; massive redundancies; and the loss of an iconic brand – all due to Theresa May’s handling of Brexit.

And Tweezer is desperate to continue driving us down this road to ruin.

Source: Land Rover Discovery model moved to Slovakia from the UK – BBC News


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