Carmaker Jaguar Says a Hard Brexit Would Curtail Its UK Operations
Britain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said the so-called “hard Brexit” would cost it 1.2 billion pounds ($1.59 billion) a year, curtailing its future operations in the United Kingdom.
"We urgently need greater certainty to continue to invest heavily in the UK and safeguard our suppliers, customers and 40,000 Britain-based employees," JLR's Chief Executive, Ralf Speth, said in a statement on Wednesday, 4 July.
"The recent statement from JLR only reaffirms the position that a Brexit which increases bureaucracy, reduces productivity and competitiveness of the UK Industry is in no one's interest," JLR's parent firm Tata Motors Ltd said in a statement on Thursday.
Shares in Tata plunged to their lowest in more than five years on Thursday, as investors turned jittery on the company, whose biggest business, JLR, contributed nearly 77 percent of its total revenue in the year ended 31 March 2018.
Speth's comments come ahead of a meeting on Friday between Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabinet ministers to decide on strategy for Britain to negotiate its way out of the European Union, ending a 40-year trading relationship.
Because of uncertainty about what Britain actually wants from the EU after it leaves, the outcome of the cabinet meeting is seen as critical to progress in talks with the EU on the issue.
Recent weeks have seen criticism of the government by some of the biggest companies operating in Britain.
JLR said it needed "free and frictionless trade with the EU and unrestricted access to the single market”.
A bad Brexit deal would cost Jaguar Land Rover more than 1.2 billion pounds in profit each year. As a result, we would have to drastically adjust our spending profile; we have spent around 50 billion pounds in the UK in the past five years – with plans for a further 80 billion pounds more in the next five.Ralf Speth
"This would be in jeopardy should we be faced with the wrong outcome."