HONDA will announce the closure of its Swindon factory and put 3,500 jobs at risk.

The car manufacturer will close its only EU plant, which produces more than 100,000 Civic cars, in 2022.

The company could make the announcement as soon as Tuesday morning.

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Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon, called the decision a major jolt for Swindon. “Myself and Robert have already been in detailed discussions with Honda directly and the Business Secretary. We will be doing everything with our power to support all of the staff at both Honda and throughout the supply chain.”

Coun Emma Faramazi, chairman of Swindon Borough Council's Growing the Economy scrutiny committee, said: "I'm very disappointed, but we don't have a full picture yet."

South Swindon Labour tweeted: "Terrible news for the town and the Honda workforce. Justin Tomlinson and other Brexiteers should hang their hands in shame. #brexitshambles"

Colin McEwen, chairman of South Marston Parish Council, said: “It’s immensely sad. Goodness knows what else is going to happen after March 29. When one considers it’s a just in time system and they can’t afford any delays, one wonders what part Brexit may have played.”

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