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Blow to UK car industry as Ford to close Bridgend plant on Brexit fears

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Blow to UK car industry as Ford to close Bridgend plant on Brexit fears
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Car giant Ford has announced it is closing its Bridgend factory in Wales because of difficulties that will be created for the automotive industry by Brexit.

The decision by the American auto giant is another blow to Britain's car industry.

More than 2,000 workers will lose their jobs when one of Ford's two engine production lines in Britain closes down.

The American company added a new assembly line at Bridgend last autumn for the production of a 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine.

Ford produced about 1.3 million engines each year at its two British automotive sites at Bridgend in Wales and at Dagenham in Essex. The company had in the past warned the government that a so-called hard Brexit could cost it $1 billion.

In January, Ford said that the restructuring programme it was undertaking was likely to result in thousands of job losses, along with the closure of factories and production lines.

Ford has announced 5,000 redundancies for its workers in Germany, the second biggest market in Europe.