EXCLUSIVE: ANGRY and frustrated politicians have reacted to the approval of a massive €125million (£110million) payment by the European Union to help fund a new Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plant in Slovakia, just days before the stalwart UK car brand announced plans to close its UK operations in Solihull, Birmingham.
The country’s biggest carmaker said the “fluctuating” global market has triggered the decision to temporarily close down its Solihull plant from October 22, sparking a furious response from UK politicians amid the Slovakian investment.
The closure comes off the back of plans to shift all production of JLR’s Discovery model to Slovakia from the West Midlands site, and a fall in demand for diesel cars amid concern over emissions.
A number of MPs and MEPs have spoken exclusively to Express.co.uk to voice their concern over the closure and investment in Slovakia.
Independent MEP Jonathan Arnott, who defected from Ukip in January this year, said: “It seems that the rules change according to who is doing the asking when it comes to the European Commission.