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JLR calls for 'frictionless' trade as MPs vote on EU deal

Jaguar Land Rover has said it's important the new Brexit deal "protects tariff-free and frictionless trade and guarantees a level playing field on critical areas of regulation and immigration."

But a statement from the company said it was still considering the details of the latest deal would not be commenting further until MPs vote on it tomorrow.

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Boris Johnson's deal commits Britain and the EU to work towards a Free Trade Agreement and also says the UK and the EU should "uphold the common high standards... in the areas of state aid, competition, social and employment standards, environment, climate change, and relevant tax matters".

Mike Hawes, the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders welcomed the deal, and said it "moves us further away from a damaging no-deal Brexit" but he was also cautious about possible future regulation.

He added: "To give the UK automotive industry certainty, however, and to assure its continued global competitiveness, we need a truly ambitious future relationship – one based on tariff-free and frictionless trade."

JLR union rep raises no-deal concerns with Michael Gove

The Unite union rep at Jaguar Land Rover said the government doesn't appreciate the impact of a no-deal Brexit on manufacturing.

Yesterday, a No 10 source said a Brexit deal was "essentially impossible" after a call between the PM and Angela Merkel.

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Unite's Mick Graham and other union leaders are meeting cabinet minister Michael Gove today, who is in charge of no-deal preparations, to set out their concerns.

"I just don't recognise the rosy glow that Mr Gove and other ministers are trying to put on their Brexit strategy," Mr Graham said.

He said JLR relied "on frictionless trade and open customs arrangements to ensure the just in time delivery of the 20 million components our plants consume every day".

JLR Chief Executive Ralph Speth has previously described the prospect of a cliff-edge break with the European Union as "horrifying".

The prime minister's official spokesman said negotiations with the EU were far from over.

Workers expected at factory during JLR shutdown

Jaguar Land Rover says most staff at its car plants in Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Halewood, as well as at its engine factory in Wolverhampton, will still be expected to come into work during a halt in production.

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But rather than building cars they will carry out other tasks, such as training or maintenance, during the week beginning 4 November - designed to prepare the firm for Brexit.

JLR's chief executive Ralf Speth says the factories require 20 million parts every day, and he has previously warned that disruption at UK borders could leave production lines unable to operate.

The factories were also shut for a week in April, for the same reason.

Some more detail on JLR shutdowns

JLR has confirmed that the UK factories - Halewood, Castle Bromwich, Solihull, and Wolverhampton - will stop production for the week 4-8 November

This will be a *production stoppage*, not a closure. So most staff will still be coming into work.

They’ll be doing things like training and maintenance activities so will still be paid.

JLR to close UK plants for a week in November

The UK's biggest carmaker, Jaguar Land Rover, will close its British factories for a week in November to cope with Brexit.

Chief executive Ralf Speth said: “We cannot think about it, we just have to do it.”

He said that the shutdown would last for a week.

Brexit warnings from car makers

BBC Radio 5 Live

Wake Up To Money

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The Frankfurt Motor Show is taking place and the BBC's Theo Leggett has been speaking to car industry bosses about a number of issues, including Brexit.

He explained on Radio 5 Live's Wake Up To Money that Jaguar Land Rover's Ralf Speth has been telling him about the important of fast movement of goods after Brexit.

"In order to produce vehicles we need in the UK between 30 and 25 millions parts a day, delivered on time, in order to assemble a vehicle. and it if's guaranteed we have a frctionless trade ...then we can continue production.

"But if we don't have the parts we need we will not produce the vehicle. And that will be an issue not only for us but also for the smaller suppliers".

JLR unveils new Slovakian-built Defender

A new model of Land Rover's Defender has been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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The latest version is set to be manufactured in Slovakia. Up until 2016, the Defender had been built at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull factory.

The firm says the new model has been designed and engineered in the UK and its new engines built in Wolverhampton.