JLR’s Discovery shift expected but big questions ahead

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Centre for Brexit Studies Blog

By Professor David Bailey, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Brexit Studies and Professor of Industrial Strategy at Aston Business School, d.bailey@aston.ac.uk

News that Jaguar Land Rover is shifting Discovery production to Slovakia seemed to catch a lot of people on the hop this week yet it had been planned for some time and widely expected. This particular move is not Brexit related (yet).

There will be fears over hundreds of agency staff job losses at Solihull (given the government’s lack of a German style part-time wage subsidy scheme to keep workers in place during such disruptions).

But the move also offers the prospect of JLR potentially investing up to £500m in building new models at Solihull, hopefully including electric and hybrid cars. This will hopefully include the new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport from 2020.

The agency job losses from the Discovery shift will come on top of…

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