British MPs 'deeply troubled' by Nissan UK investment reports

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It said four months after Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016 that it would manufacture the new X-Trail in Britain - a major vote of confidence in the country and May, shortly after she took office.

Nissan is now the second largest car-maker in the United Kingdom and produces its electric auto, the Leaf, and a number of other models like the Juke and CX30 in the North East, with a total of 440,000 vehicles produced there in 2018. Other vehicles planned for Nissan's Sunderland factory - including the next generation Juke and Qashqai - are uneffected by the decision, the company said. The site, which is Britain's largest auto factory, was opened 33 years ago and produces 2,000 vehicles a day, including the Nissan Leaf electric auto.

In 2016 the carmaker said it would build the new vehicle in the United Kingdom after "assurances" from the government.

A UK-based spokesman for Nissan declined to comment. The X Trail is now built exclusively in Japan.

But the move also prompted a series of questions over whether a "sweetheart deal" between the car-maker and the Government had been struck to protect the manufacturer from any post-Brexit EU tariff wall.

Ministers strongly denied any financial incentives were offered and Chancellor Philip Hammond said any costs arising from the assurances would be small enough to be covered within the Department for Business's existing spending limits.

The Sunderland plant, which has been active since 1986, employs nearly 7,000 people and produces around 2,000 cars a day.

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They have reiterated today their commitment to the United Kingdom by continuing to manufacture in Sunderland the current Qashqai, Leaf and Juke models and the new Qashqai model from 2020.

An announcement will be made on Monday by the company's executives and casts further doubt over Nissan's future investment in Britain, according to Sky News.

‎Ford announced it was cutting jobs in the United Kingdom as part of a regional plan.

Sky News reported that a letter from the management to Sunderland's 7,000 factory staff said that the announcement would be "interpreted by a lot of people as a decision related to Brexit" and that "uncertainty around the U.K.'s future relationship with the European Union is not helping companies like ours to plan for the future".

"Our workforce in Sunderland has our full confidence, and will continue to benefit from the investment planned for Juke and Qashqai", de Ficchy said in the statement. Production at the site fell 11 percent in 2018.

Sharon Hodgson, Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West, said: "I now have confirmation from Nissan UK that the new X-Trail SUV model will not be built in Washington in my constituency".