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British car manufacturers are ploughing ahead with costly production shutdowns designed to avoid Brexit disruption, despite another postponement of the date of the UK’s departure from the EU.

More than half of the UK’s car manufacturing capacity had some form of shutdown planned to coincide with the 31 October deadline in case of disruption to the supply of parts, a repeat of similar production pauses in April after the original 31 March Brexit date.

Boris Johnson’s government last month complied with parliament’s demands to delay the Brexit date, staving off the imminent threat of a no-deal Brexit, but the extension came too late for carmakers who had already agreed the shutdowns with staff and suppliers.

Jaguar Land Rover will stop making cars and engines at Halewood, Castle Bromwich, Wolverhampton and Solihull from Monday to Friday, with employees instead assigned to maintenance and training.

BMW’s plant in Oxford is busy ramping up production of its new electric Mini, which the company hopes will be a mass-market battery-powered vehicle. However, workers did not come in for the Thursday night shift and the plant will remain shut from Friday until Monday.

Toyota’s plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, remained closed on Friday, with a return planned on Monday.

Nissan at Sunderland and Vauxhall at Luton and Ellesmere Port are continuing to run. Honda has not shut its Swindon factory this time around, after having done so in April.

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