Could a Brexit Bruised Economy Lay Off 10s of Thousands of Jaguar Technicians? CEO’s Dire Warning

Posted 3/11/19

We try to stay out of politics at our Cincinnati car garage. In fact, there’s a sign up in our shop of a Bull squatting over a “soccer ball” and the caption “No bull.” That’s a policy we strictly try to stick to, like great customer service and Larry’s swear jar. (He’s saving up for a boat, that cuss mouth.)

But it really knots our stomachs to see hard-working Jaguar technicians out of a job. Jaguar just announced that 10s of thousands of jobs could be lost as a result of Brexit.

According to the Guardian, Jaguar Land Rover, the biggest car maker in Britain, “launched a blistering attack on Theresa May’s handling of Brexit as leading Eurosceptics claim there is ‘nothing to fear’ about crashing out of the EU without a deal.

“Ralf Speth, the chief executive, told the prime minister that the company’s factories faced grinding to a halt and ‘tens of thousands’ of jobs in the sector could be lost if she failed to reach an agreement with Brussels.”

Trouble Times, Darkening Economics

Speth described the ramifications of a full-blown Brexit deal as horrifying, warning missteps could result in the “worst of times” for the UK and Jaguar’s technicians.

“What decisions will we be forced to make if Brexit means not merely that costs go up, but that we cannot physically build cars on time and on budget in the UK?” Speth warned.

Cars would in fact be cheaper to make in Slovakia than in Britain. Who knew that Jaguar and Harley Davidson had so much in common as cross-continental cousins?

“No Bull:” Company Policy We Believe In

We hope it all works out, eventually. Jaguar technicians are like family. We hate to see anyone go through hard times. That’s why we stick to our “No Bull” policy like a mantra. It’s good for our mechanics and great for customers, an all around “win-win.” We don’t like to fix what’s not broke. We fix cars — enough said.