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BMW will shut the Oxford Mini factory for at least a month from 29 March 2019 amid the uncertainty around Brexit. 

The plant, which is BMW’s biggest in the UK and employs around 4000 people, will shut for several weeks as the risk of a no-deal Brexit rises. 

The plant usually closes for a period of time over the summer for maintenance, but this will be moved to April as part of BMW’s Brexit plans. It is understood that this latest development is to mitigate the potential logistical impact of Brexit. 

BMW UK boss Ian Robertson previously had to soften a statement made by the group’s customs manager Stephan Freismuth, who said: “We always said that we can do our best and prepare everything, but if at the end of the day the supply chain will have a stop at the border, we can’t produce our products in the UK.”

Robertson clarified that the brand would not pull out of the UK amid a no-deal Brexit, saying: “We are committed to our operations in the UK, our workforce here.”

The Oxford plant supplies Minis to more than 110 countries around the world, although BMW Group boss Harald Krüger has previously pointed out that the brand also produces Minis at VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands. 

Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth recently warned that Brexit could jeopardise thousands of jobs across its UK production facilities, when combined with the effects of the public’s backlash against diesel-powered cars.

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BMW released the following statement: “Planned annual maintenance periods at BMW Group production sites allow essential updating and equipment replacement to be completed over several weeks, while there is no production taking place.”

“As a responsible organisation, we have scheduled next year’s annual maintenance period at MINI Plant Oxford to start on 1 April, when the UK exits the EU, to minimise the risk of any possible short-term parts-supply disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit. While we believe this worst case scenario is an unlikely outcome, we have to plan for it. We remain committed to our operations in Britain, which is the only country in the world where we manufacture for all three of our automotive brands.”

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BBC

They’re going to go into a spin over this one!

typos1 – Just can’t respect opinion

Symanski

Brexit morons.

Those that voted for Brexit simply don’t care about the cost to Britain.   The cost of our jobs being lost.

 

Jaguar Land Rover have alread diverted investment that was going to the UK plant to their Slovakia one instead.

 

Britain is poorer because of Brexit.

 

Luap

Symanski wrote:

Those that voted for Brexit simply don’t care about the cost to Britain.   The cost of our jobs being lost.

 

Jaguar Land Rover have alread diverted investment that was going to the UK plant to their Slovakia one instead.

 

Britain is poorer because of Brexit.

 

 

Christ.. Wake up you ignoramus.

 

Thats rather like saying “Those that voted to remain don’t care about protecting our borders, and don’t care about who actually runs our country, and don’t care about having laws inflicted on us by organisations we didn’t even vote for”

 

Thats fair enough, right?

 

As for Jaguar Land Rover.. What the heck do you expect them to say after they’ve been propped up by the government for so long?

typos1

xxxx wrote:

They’re going to go into a spin over this one!

Brexiteers claim the BBC is biased against them, Remainers claim that the BBC is biased against them, both clear indications that the BBC is in fact, not biased at all.

XXXX just went POP.

xxxx

Nothing to do with bias

They’re going to go into a spin over this one!

Brexiteers claim the BBC is biased against them, Remainers claim that the BBC is biased against them, both clear indications that the BBC is in fact, not biased at all.

Any article bores me now. BBC currently has at least 8 articles regarding BREXIT on the main website news page, including one about a hair dresser having the solving the problems. 

typos1 – Just can’t respect opinion

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