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Rolls-Royce row: could a weak UK defence budget force a British icon to leave the sector?

Rolls-Royce has warned that continued pressure on the UK defence budget could force the company to reduce investment in its highly-skilled defence workforce, with a worst-case scenario of the company pulling out of UK defence sector altogether. The heavy-handed warning did, however, come hot on the heels of a government review of whether or not the company overstated costs on a Hawk trainer contract. So does the threat hold weight? Claire Apthorp reports.


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