Rather than creating post after post about news of yet more job losses in the UK car industry, I decided to create one entry and keep it periodically updated. Before the EU referendum, experts unanimously agreed that if the UK was to leave the EU it would result in job loses under all scenarios. A so called “hard Brexit” probably resulting in pretty much the end of all UK based industry.
What was labelled “project fear” at the time, is now becoming bitter reality for thousands losing their jobs:
2017-03-01: Magna hiring 3000 people in Graz, Austria for the production of the new Jaguar (apply here)
2017-03-21: Minis could be latest victim of Brexit as BMW boss hints at moving production out of UK
2017-05-15: UK says Brexit talks with Bentley Motors must remain confidential
2017-07-03: After Brexit, we should just let the UK car factories close
2017-09-11: Brexit Kills Its First Car, But Not The One You Might Think (Mark 8 Golf Cabriolet)
2017-10-02: Eurofound fact sheet Jaguar Land Rover to create 2800 new jobs in Slovakia, EU (click here to apply)
2017-12-17: Magna to build new paint line in Slovenia to support Graz vehicle production
2018-01-22: “Jaguar Land Rover to cut production at Halewood” via the Guardian (The Halewood plant, in Liverpool, employs around 6,000 people.)
2018-01-22: French President Macron Says Toyota Will Invest 300 Million Euros And Create 700 Jobs At French Plant
2018-01-28: Jaguar Land Rover to create 150 jobs in Shannon, Ireland
2018-02-08: Japan warns on Brexit: we cannot continue in UK without profit
2018-02-16: Layoffs Arrive in Brexit Britain, and Auto Workers Are Up First
2018-02-23: BMW plans to build electric Minis in China
2018-02-26: Aston Martin seeks green light for new car in EU not UK due to Brexit uncertainty
2018-03-02: Magana press release – First-Ever All-Electric Jaguar Unveiled at Magna in Graz, Austria
2018-04-13: Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1,000 jobs after ‘slump due to Brexit’, Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1,000 jobs due to Brexit ‘headwinds’
2018-04-17: Vauxhall to ‘terminate’ entire dealership network as sales plunge – putting 3,800 jobs at risk.
2018-04-20: Nissan to cut hundreds of UK jobs
2018-04-23: Rolls-Royce mulls European move as Brexit deal worries grow
2018-04-26: Jobs lost as dealership shuts doors –
2018-05-08: Business secretary warns of job losses at Toyota if customs partnership is not adopted – Greg Clark suggests 3,500 jobs at Toyota’s Derbyshire plant could be at risk
Note: This list shows jobs created in the EU as well as the ones lost in the UK. As the timeline shows, hiring people in one location is often followed by layoffs in the UK a year later. Thereby giving a pretty good indication of things to come.
For example, if JLR is hiring 3000 people in Austria and 2800 in Slovakia, and the Halewood plant just happens to employ around 6000 people, you do the maths.