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Road to ruin: A Land Rover Discovery. Last time I used this shot I said it was presumably on its way to Slovakia, leaving a blasted wasteland where its Midlands manufacturing base once stood. It would be nice to think that was a pessimistic opinion – but the outlook is not good.

I seem to recall some Vox Political readers saying this wouldn’t happen.

“How many times are we going to get empty threats from rabid remainers?” asked resident Brexiteer Barry Davies.

Chris Cooke Snr proclaimed: “We’ve had over 45 years of our industries being wrecked by EU rule. Some may cut and run after Brexit – but I seriously doubt it. On balance a UK free to trade across world markets would rebuild our industries.”

Oh really?

Here‘s the BBC:

“Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has confirmed it is cutting 4,500 jobs, with the substantial majority coming from its 40,000 strong UK workforce.

“The firm has … complained about uncertainty caused by Brexit.

“The firm, which is owned by Indian conglomerate Tata, made a £90m pre-tax loss in the three months to September 30, a major reversal from the £385m profit of the previous year.”

In fairness, we’re told most of the redundancies will be in office roles as the company wants to simplify its management structure.

But the cuts come on top of last year’s 1,500 job losses, meaning 6,000 will go in total – so far.

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