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Honda is closing its only British factory, putting 3,500 jobs at risk



The Japanese carmaker said Tuesday that it will shut down a major manufacturing plant in the English town of Swindon that employs 3,500 people.

Honda ( HMC ) has made more than 3 million cars in Swindon since its plant there opened three decades ago. The factory is currently making the Honda Civic, and is capable of producing as many as 150,000 of the cars a year. It will close in 2021 under the plan Honda announced on Tuesday.

Swindon is the only automotive plant in the European Union. Vehicles made in the factory are exported to more than 70 countries.

The restructuring will also involve Honda's operations in Turkey, which currently produces 38,000 Civic sedans per year. That will cease in 2021

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 60% of UK trade is still exposed to a Brexit shock

Britain is set to leave the European Union in less than 40 days, but the details of what will happen after that are still uncertain. Car company executives have warned that leaving the bloc without a deal to protect trade would be devastating for the auto industry in the country.

 The Honda plant in Swindon will close in 2021.
Japan's Nissan ( NSANF This month, Scrapped plans to build its new X-Trail SUV at its factory in the English city of Sunderland. It cited uncertainty over Brexit as one reason for the decision.

Other carmakers have announced plans to shut down their factories for a period of time immediately after Brexit to avoid disruption.

BMW ( BMWYY ) said it would close its Mini factory in England for one month of maintenance immediately after Brexit because it can not be sure of getting the parts it needs if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal

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