Len McCluskey: Get a decent deal for jobs after Brexit

General view of the Landrover and Jaguar Halewood plant in Merseyside

A Brexit arrangement that doesn't ensure full, tariff-free access to the European Union's single market will be highly costly to the United Kingdom's largest auto maker, he said.

He said the company plans to spend £80 billion ($106 billion) in the country over the next five years but cautioned that "this would be in jeopardy should we be faced with the wrong outcome".

The chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), which is owned by India's Tata Motors, said its "heart and soul was in the UK".

Speth added: "Electrification and connectivity offer significant economic and productivity opportunities - get Brexit wrong and British people, businesses and broader society lose the chance to lead in smart mobility".

Two years ago the firm, owned by India's Tata Motors, insisted that its new Slovakia plant would "complement" its United Kingdom operations, with the Discovery built in both locations.

- It is the UK's largest auto manufacturer, employer, and investor.

"When Jaguar Land Rover say "if there's any pauses, we won't build the cars", they're just stating facts".

Ever since Britain voted in a June 2016 referendum to quit the European Union, the government has been grappling with the intractable problem of what kind of Brexit to deliver.

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He said that the firm urgently needs "greater certainty" to continue to investing heavily in the UK.

Auto manufacturers, which rely on complex worldwide supply chains, are anxious that Brexit will lead to new trade barriers and delays at the borders.

- Over 40,000 Jaguar employees work in the UK.

- In 2017, the company sold 621,000 cars.

A worker walks between rows of Jaguar and Land Rover cars as they wait to be shipped from Peel Ports container terminal in Liverpool, Britain December 9, 2016.

In the current financial year JLR intends to invest £4.5bn, with more than half going into development of new vehicle models and technologies.

Aviation giant Airbus yesterday reiterated its threat to leave Britain if the country exits the European Union without an agreement on future trading relations, noting that the company is already taking steps to mitigate a worst-case scenario.

Mr McCluskey said he also had a message for employers of Unite members: "If you think that a Tory Brexit is a green light for the dash to the door, or to diminish pay and living standards, then think again".


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