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Britain roiled by news of Honda's plant closing

Opposition lawmakers step up criticism of prime minister's Brexit plan

Honda will close its car plant in Swindon, England.
Honda will close its car plant in Swindon, England.   © Reuters

LONDON -- Reports that Honda Motor will shut down its local car factory by 2022 have caused a stir in the U.K., with opposition lawmakers blasting Prime Minister Theresa May's government for the departure of businesses due to turmoil over the country's pending divorce from the European Union.

Rachel Reeves, a Labour Party member who chairs the House of Commons' Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, criticized May's efforts to bring the U.K. out of a customs union and single market.

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