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Jobs warning prompts editor to state opposition to ‘hard Brexit’

The editor of a regional daily which openly backed Remain ahead of the European Union referendum has stated his newspaper’s opposition to ‘hard Brexit’.

The Birmingham Mail was one of a number of regional newspapers to support a Remain vote ahead of the 2016 vote.

Now, in a post on Twitter, Mail editor Marc Reeves has confirmed the paper is against ‘hard Brexit’ – the scenario which would see the United Kingdom leave the EU without a new trading agreement.

It comes after the Mail, and its sister website Birmingham Live, covered the outcome of an inquiry by the cross-party House of Commons business committee which found it could put thousands of car manufacturing jobs at risk in the West Midland

The Mail backed Remain ahead of the 2016 vote

The Mail backed Remain ahead of the 2016 vote

Plants highlighted as being under threat of cuts include Jaguar Land Rover, in Birmingham and Solihull, and BMW, in Warwickshire.

Posting a link to the online version of the story, Marc wrote on social networking site: “It’s why our editorial line before the referendum was anti-Brexit, and why we’re opposed to a hard Brexit.

“There are simply too many jobs in Birmingham at stake.”

Other regional daily titles to back Remain ahead of the 2016 referendum included the Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo, the Northern Echo and Newcastle daily The Journal.

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  • March 2, 2018 at 11:23 am

    This is firmly in the ‘he would say that, wouldn’t he’ school of thought – campaigns for the wrong outcome in the referendum and now still believes he/they carry some sort of influence. But with a latest circulation of 16,600 who really cares?

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