A decision over the future of the BAE Systems shipyard in Portsmouth is expected before Christmas.
In a Sunday newspaper interview, Nigel Whitehead, the UK chief executive of BAE said the defence company expected “a reduction in footprint” with one of Britain's three major shipyards likely to close.
3,000 people work at the site in Portsmouth. BAE Systems also has two bases in Glasgow, at Govan and Scotstoun. The Navy’s base at Portsmouth, where BAE also does repairs, is not at risk.
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A damp and cold night ahead. Valentine's Day will start cloudy but become brighter in the afternoon. Risk of showers along the Kent coast.
Cold and damp tonight with outbreaks of rain. A cold and dull start to Valentine's Day but becoming drier and brighter by the afternoon.
Rain turning more patchy this afternoon but more persistent along the coast. Feeling cold in the brisk north-easterly wind.