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Honda plans to lay off 800 employees at its plant near Swindon in south west England, due to decreasing demand.

Today, January 11th, Honda, which manufactures the Civic at the South Marston plant near Swindon, announced it plans to cut 800 jobs at the plant and that it will begin formal discussions with staff over this situation in the second quarter of this year. Currently the Japanese automaker employs around 3,500 workers at the South Marston facility. As demand in Europe continues to decrease, automakers are struggling to reduce surplus jobs and close underused factories.

“Honda remains fully committed for the long-term to its UK and European manufacturing operations,” Honda Motor Europe’s executive vice president Ken Keir said. “However, these conditions of sustained low industry demand require us to take difficult decisions. We are setting the business constitution at the right level to ensure long term stability and security.”

Last year Ford also announced plans to lay off 1,400 employees at southern England plants and end vehicle manufacturing in Britain. Ford and Volvo plan to cut thousands of jobs in Belgium, while PSA Peugeot Citroen will reduce its workforce in France.