Nissan faces losing Theresa May's £60m Brexit sweetener

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The revelation comes following the confirmation of Ford last Friday that it would be cutting approximately 370 jobs at its Bridgend plant as it attempts to restructure its production across the United Kingdom and Europe.

Nissan has now officially confirmed that the new X-Trail, originally planned to be produced in Sunderland, will now be produced in Japan.

The firm had voiced concerns about Brexit before committing to build the new Qashqai and X-Trail models in its North East factory in October 2016.

Nissan vehicle plant in Sunderland, northern England, June 24, 2010.

He said Nissan is now planning "to optimize our investments and concentrate production in Kyushu, instead of adding another production site". "We recognise that the United Kingdom has a stake, and we are backing your continued success in Sunderland to the hilt". It also confirmed its commitment to manufacture the 2020 Nissan Qashqai, another compact crossover SUV, at Sunderland.


"What this whole sorry saga shows is that the sector-wide uncertainty caused by Brexit urgently needs to be addressed by ministers because it is draining the industry of skills, investment and new jobs". Among the more worrying uncertainties are new barriers to trade such as higher tariffs.

Vince Cable, leader of the opposition Liberal Democrats, told Sky News the prime minister must stop "playing chicken" with Parliament and the European Union by threatening a no-deal Brexit.

Nissan has already announced it will end diesel sales in the United Kingdom and Europe, so it's likely the majority of new X-Trail models will be petrol and hybrid. United Kingdom ministers are considering withdrawing a £60 million ($78 million) support package for Nissan, The Times reported, citing an unnamed government official.

Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29, but United Kingdom politicians are divided over Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan.

Large auto manufacturers have been struggling with a huge slump in European diesel vehicle sales, a slowdown in Chinese purchases and a tough transition to a new EU emissions-testing system.


Consequently, sales of new diesel cars in the United Kingdom.

"While I'm pleased the decision taken in 2016 to build the Qashqai and secure the Sunderland plant is unchanged, it's deeply disappointing to me and to the workforce that the extra jobs that would have come from the X-Trail will no longer be available".

Truss insisted that the "threat of no deal" must be maintained to get the European Union "on board" and also because it's already helping to bring Parliament closer to a consensus.

Steve Bush of the Unite union, said it was "very disappointing news for Sunderland and the north-east" and reflected the "serious challenges facing the entire United Kingdom auto sector". It casts more doubt over the future investment of Nissan in the United Kingdom.


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