Johnson suggests that he knows more about making cars then …

Johnson suggests that he knows more about making cars than the boss of JLR

Press Association

Boris Johnson has suggested that he knows more about car manufacturing than Jolkar Land Rover (JLR) president Ralf Speth.

Continued Brexit would not harm the economy, said the former foreign minister that the industry had a strong future outside the EU.

Johnson rejected the claim that recent job losses, including in the automotive industry, were due to the Brexit uncertainty.

The ex-minister of the cabinet said that the management of JLR had said that staffing was largely related to the & # 39; diesel crisis & # 39 ;.

When Mr. Johnson said that Mr. Speth, who is concerned about a no-deal Brexit, knew more about the automotive industry than he did, former Foreign Secretary LBC told: "Well actually, it's an interesting point.

"By the way, I'm not sure if he does."

Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson (Brian Lawless / PA)

Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson (Brian Lawless / PA)

Johnson then mentioned a conversation he had with Mr. Speth when he was mayor of London about the future of electric vehicles (EVs).

The Tory MP said, "I mean, I do not claim superior knowledge of every aspect of car manufacturing, okay.

"But I just said that I thought EVs, electric vehicles, represented the future, that we should take that road.

"And he said," no, no, no, diesel is great, and we'll hold this. "And I fear, I hesitate to say this, but I think the events have me at that point. justified instead of him. "

JLR announced last week that 4,500 jobs will be lost in the context of plans to realize £ 2.5 billion in cost savings.

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