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Jamie Oliver set to close Ludgate Hill and Richmond restaurants blaming Brexit

The move is understood to affect around 120 employees

Jamie Oliver is set to close six restaurants in the UK

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is set to close six of his restaurants in the UK - including those in Ludgate Hill and Richmond - blaming Brexit.

The move is understood to affect around 120 employees, although Mr Oliver hopes to find them alternative jobs according to The Times .

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The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group said outlets in Aberdeen, Cheltenham, Exeter, Richmond, Tunbridge Wells and Ludgate Hill, near St Paul’s Cathedral, could be sold in the first quarter.

Simon Blagden, the group's chief executive, told The Times: "This is a tough market and post-Brexit the pressures and unknowns have made it even harder."

Mr Blagden added the wider business was in "very good shape" but sites able to serve an average of 3,000 covers every week were required for it to be sustainable.

Staff will be offered the opportunity to take up jobs in other Jamie's Italian restaurants and, where this is not possible, the company will work with them to find alternative employment.

Mr Blagden added: "Jamie's Italian has become a much-loved presence on the UK high street and we have our teams to thank for that. These closures represent less than 5 per cent of total turnover and impact less than 5 per cent of our team members.”

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