Tycoon says he needs subsidy to build Land Rover Defender successor in UK

Ineos founder Jim Ratcliffe says he would like to make vehicle in Britain, but workforce is more skilled in Germany

The billionaire businessman Jim Ratcliffe has warned that it would only be possible to build a successor to the Land Rover Defender in the UK, creating up to 10,000 new jobs, if the project receives government backing.

The founder and chairman of the chemicals firm Ineos said Britain was the “number one” choice to invest about £600m in a new 4×4 off-road vehicle that could fill the gap in the market left by the Defender, which Jaguar Land Rover stopped making in 2016.

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