The front of a Land Rover Range Rover car is seen at a Land Rover dealership in Wakefield, northern England, on Janaury 10, 2019. - British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover is set to announce up...
The news that Jaguar Land Rover are slashing 4,500 jobs has debate on Twitter, with many users blaming Brexit on the company's decision to wield the axe.
These cuts come on top of 1,500 redundancies the organisation made last year. The BBC reports that most of the job losses will be in the management sector, with many office-based roles going.
A slump in diesel cars and turbulent sales in China have presented JLR with many challenges, but they have invested millions planning for Brexit in case of tariffs.
LBC presenter James O'Brien mocked claims from Brexiteers that the company's decision to relocate to Slovakia had nothing to do with Britain's EU exit:
The fact that Jaguar Land Rover is expanding in Slovakia makes a mockery of both Brexiters' claim that the sackings here have nothing to do with Brexit *and* Jeremy Corbyn's argument about state aid.— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) January 10, 2019
The Liberal Democrats were also quick to seize on the news to push for a 'People's Vote' on Britain's final deal with the EU:
“High street retailers are struggling, Jaguar Land Rover is set to cut 5k jobs across the country, and Japanese investors warning about the threat of a Brexit to their operations" @vincecable— Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) January 10, 2019
Enough of this mess - demand an exit from Brexit https://t.co/Mp2XkNJx4v
The Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Rebecca Long-Bailey, blamed the Government for the job losses for causing months of uncertainty:
"This is more concerning news for workers across Jaguar Land Rover today who have suffered months of uncertainty not least as a result of the Government’s Brexit chaos." - @RLong_Bailey https://t.co/LOd4AOi7JC— Labour Press Team (@labourpress) January 10, 2019
But Patrick O'Flynn, a Social Democratic Party MEP for the East of England and former UKIP member, responded by blaming JLR's decision on producing diesel cars for their job losses:
Here's an idea for JLR management: stop blaming Brexit for your mistakes and start making some cars that run on petrol and not ruddy diesel. https://t.co/3uVfwvbN7B— Patrick O'Flynn (@oflynnmep) January 10, 2019
Many Twitter users supported O'Flynn and agreed that JLR's decision cannot be blamed on Brexit:
12 years of year on year growth was never sustainable , nice nothing is forever and FA about Brexit and to late changing their fascination with awful diesel— Sid Pepper (@sid_pepper) January 10, 2019
Ask JLR about the €125 million they were paid authorised by EU to shift jobs to Slovakia https://t.co/ckyUQh7CGW— Barn (@BarnsH) January 10, 2019
Slovakia now hiring 3000
How about blaming a 60% drop in sales to China. Brexit is insignificant..— Brian Reed (@bgir) January 10, 2019