Theresa May is not the only one to secure a political deal in the nick of time, and breathe a sigh of relief, writes Matthew Vincent. Charles Woodburn, chief executive of BAE Systems has managed no less a negotiating feat, but in the Middle East rather than Europe: finalising a £5bn order from Qatar for 24 Typhoon fighter jets – a deal that will safeguard British jobs and ensure UK production of the aircraft into the mid-2020s.It represents the largest UK export order for the Eurofighter in a decade, and will bring some relief to BAE’s aerospace workers, who were facing an end to Typhoon production in 2019 if no new order materialised. It could also avert a crisis at BAE’s facility at Brough in Yorkshire, where the Hawk Trainer aircraft is manufactured, as Qatar also indicated it intends
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