London: Britain’s vehicle output underneath a no-deal Brexit could collapse to a level remaining visible in “the dark days of the Eighties,” the kingdom’s industry frame forecast on Tuesday. The caution got here as Jaguar Land Rover said its new Land Rover Defender version would be assembled in Slovakia — but did not blame the pass on the UK’s departure from the European Union.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said the worst-case state of affairs might be for Britain to go away from the EU without a deal struck with Brussels, forcing it to bear tariffs set with the aid of World Trade Organization guidelines. These customs responsibilities average 1.5 percentage, which continues to be pretty low. But they can be higher in some sectors, including the critical car quarter where they may be 10 percent.

“Should Britain crash out of the EU and fall lower back on WTO regulations for a sustained length, (UK car) output is forecast to fall around 30 percent on current levels to just 1.07 million gadgets by way of 2021, a level constant with the dark days of the mid-1980s,” the SMMT said in a release.

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Britain is because of going away the European Union on October 31 after delays this year prompted with the aid of MPs rejecting the divorce deal British Prime Minister Theresa May has struck with the bloc. The SMMT on Tuesday added that on the occasion of “a beneficial deal and transition duration retaining the status quo, UK automobile manufacturing would be 1.36 million units in 2019, down from 1.52 million in 2018, before growing to at least one. Forty-two million with the aid of 2021”.

The SMMT has long argued that no-deal would ramp up charges and harm supply chains simultaneously as price lists could undermine competitiveness and bite into profits. “Despite the extension, the Brexit clock continues to be ticking, and a devastating no-deal remains a risk,” said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes. “This new duration of limbo does now not cease the havoc for enterprise, with investment stopped, and expensive manufacturing facility shutdowns moved to keep away from a Brexit cut-off date that has itself now moved.”

Japanese carmaker Nissan these days stated it would prevent the manufacturing of Infiniti automobiles at its factory in Sunderland, northeast England, and cancel the plant’s plans for the X-Trail SUV. Japanese peer Honda has also curbed investment in Britain and plans to shut its UK automobile plant in southwest England in 2022 with 3,500 process losses. At the same time, Toyota is to construct a new hybrid car in Britain for Japanese peer Suzuki.

Separately Tuesday, the SMMT discovered that British car manufacturing has tumbled for the tenth month in a row, hit additionally via China monetary fears and dwindling call for high-polluting diesel cars. UK automobile production slumped 14 percent to 126,000 units in March as compared with a yr earlier.

– Switch to Slovakia – Jaguar Land Rover on Tuesday announced that its “all-new Land Rover Defender might be assembled at its plant in Slovakia”. JLR brought in an assertion: “Designed and engineered within the UK, the brand new Land Rover Defender could be unveiled later this yr. “It will use the contemporary smooth Ingenium engines constructed at Wolverhampton, England, reinforcing each the organization’s British roots and the various, globalized nature of its production approach.

“This decision is in parallel with plans for substantial funding on the corporation’s Solihull plant inside the UK to guide the manufacturing of the following generation of flagship Range Rover and Land Rover fashions,” JLR added. It comes after the corporation owned via India’s Tata Motors lately moved to manufacture the Land Rover Discovery version to Slovakia — and is in the procedure of axeing approximately four,500 typically UK jobs.