Brexit Britain beats Spain to build multi-billion-pound Jaguar Land Rover gigafactory in UK

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Claire Noonan (Group Leader, Production Operations at Jaguar Land Rover, Solihull. Photo credit: Jaguar Landrover

Brexit Britain is set to win a battle with Spain to host a multi-billion-pound electric car battery plant in Somerset.

The UK was battling it out with Spain to host the gigafactory, which has been described as the most significant investment in the UK automotive industry since the 1980s.

The boss of Jaguar Land Rover-owner Tata is expected to fly to London next week to seal the deal.

Sources say that although the deal has yet to be signed, engagement has moved from negotiations to drafting and choreography of how the landmark agreement will be presented.

It is estimated up to 9,000 UK jobs will be created at the Bridgwater site, close to the M5.

The Somerset site’s access to power, a skilled UK automotive workforce and the British heritage of Jaguar Land Rover’s brands are also cited as helping the UK bid win.

When pressed on the subject last week by the BBC, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said: “watch this space”.

More to follow.

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