Japanese carmaker Honda’s decision to close a factory in Britain and lay off 3,500 employees has disappointed UK Prime Minister Theresa May as workers say they have been devastated by the news.
May’s spokesman said on Tuesday the premier had spoken to the president of Honda to express her disappointment after the carmaker announced it was planning to close its factory in Swindon by 2021.
“She said that she had spoken to the president of Honda to express her disappointment at the decision which is part of a global restructure that Honda is undertaking as it shifts to electric vehicles,” the spokesman said.
Honda has insisted the decision had nothing to do with Britain’s imminent withdrawal from the European Union.
Government officials have reacted in a…