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Honda to undergo six-day post-Brexit shut-down in April


Japanese car manufacturer, Honda will halt production at its Swindon facility for six days in April following the UK’s departure from the EU on March 29, 2019.

The move will allow the motor group to stockpile parts in the days immediately after Brexit as leaving the EU would seriously damage parts production due to potential tariffs and customs checks.

Honda joins BMW/Mini and Toyota in making the plans for a temporary post-Brexit shut-down period at respective UK manufacturing plants.

“To ensure Honda is well paced to adjust to all possible outcomes, we are planing six nonproduction days in April 2019,” a Honda spokesperson said.

“This is to facilitate production recovery activity following any delays at borders on parts.
“These contingency provisions have been put in place to best mitigate the risk of disruption to production operations at the Swindon factory.”

Meanwhile, BMW recently stated that it would move its annual six-week shut-down for its Plant Oxford Mini factory to April to allow time to adjust to post-Brexit trading constraints.