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19 February, 2019 - Honda has today announced it will restructure its global manufacturing network.

Citing a report from the Swindon Advertiser, the campaign group's media partner, Westmonster, proudly proclaimed last September that Honda would continue to produce cars domestically.

That's quickly unraveled, with Nissan this month reneging on plans to built the X-Trail sport utility vehicle in Sunderland - partly due to the unresolved status of EU-U.K. trade after Brexit.

The site in Swindon, about 80 miles west of London, is the nation's fourth-largest automotive plant and employs about 3,500 workers where the Honda Civic hatchback is made.

'The significant challenges of electrification will see Honda revise its global manufacturing operations, and focus activity in regions where it expects to have high production volumes'.

Swindon is the firm's only factory in the European Union, where it produces 100,000 Civic cars, but it doesn't blame Brexit for the closure.

Amid a global manufacturing restructure, Honda confirmed on Tuesday that it intends to shut down its production plant in the United Kingdom.

Hachigo's comments that the decision was not related to Brexit are unlikely to take the sting out of the job losses for the British public, or politicians.

Greg Clark, Britain's business secretary, called the decision "devastating" for Swindon and the United Kingdom.

A source at the plant said it was awaiting official confirmation from Honda and had not been told anything about what it means for production in Merthyr.

Honda said: "This proposal comes as Honda accelerates its commitment to electrified cars, in response to the unprecedented changes in the global automotive industry".

Unlike other automakers, Honda said the closure has nothing to do with Brexit.

From the moment whispers first started the closure was likely to happen, speculation centred around the numerous Brexit issues as the reason, but Honda has been adamant in denying this. Currently, the factory produces more than 100,000 cars per year, the vast majority of which are exported.

Analysts say that while Brexit was nearly certainly a factor for Honda, other reasons were likely to have played a part, including a massive EU-Japan free-trade agreement recently signed and the wider struggles of the vehicle industry.

Honda just announced this week that it will be closing its Civic hatchback factory in Swindon in the United Kingdom.

This is not the only time that Leave.EU has talked up Honda - during the 2016 campaign, they put out a graphic claiming that "job creators", including Honda, would not leave Britain after Brexit.

The plants are scheduled to close in 2021, and the move is estimated to impact approximately 4,600 employees in both countries.

The Japanese Government has been in negotiations with the European Union for months over a new free trade deal that will end European Union tariffs on Japanese auto imports.


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