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Esther McVey Denies Nissan Decision Linked To Brexit

Esther McVey Denies Nissan Decision Linked To Brexit”

A Nissan spokeswoman said: "We do not comment on rumour and speculation".

He said the news would be "interpreted by a lot of people as a decision related to Brexit" and that "uncertainty around the UK's future relationship with the European Union is not helping companies like ours to plan for the future".

It has been confirmed today that the X-Trail will instead be produced at its Kyushu plant in Japan.

The carmaker's planned investment in the next-generation Juke and Qashqai models, which was also announced in 2016, was unaffected, the firm said on Sunday.

The Japanese manufacturer is expected to confirm on Monday it is to abandon the project at the factory which employs 7,000 people.

Sunderland MP Sharon Hodgson says she will be seeking answers from Government Ministers "as a matter of urgency" as Nissan announce it has cancelled production of its X-Trail model at the firm's Wearside plant.

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Bridget Phillipson, Labour MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, tweeted: "If confirmed, this would represent deeply troubling news for the north east economy".

The Japanese car-maker had previously voiced concerns about Brexit, before committing to building the new Qashqai and X-Trail models at the north-east plant in October 2016.

'So many jobs and livelihoods depend on Nissan's success'. Production at the site fell 11 percent in 2018.

"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".

There had been concerns that Nissan - part-owned by France's Renault - could move production to France in future to avoid any post-Brexit EU tariffs.

A report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said investment had effectively "stalled" amidst fears over the UK's future trading with the EU.

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Colleague Julie Elliott said Brexit had played an "inevitable role" in the decision, adding that "none of it is conducive to encouraging business investment in this country".

Just over 1.5 million cars left United Kingdom factories in 2018, a 9.1% decline on the previous year, and the lowest for six years.

The vehicle giant is a major employer in the region, a former industrial powerhouse that has suffered decades of economic decline, and which voted heavily in favour of Brexit.

It comes after Ford confirmed on Friday that it would be cutting around 370 jobs at its Bridgend plant as it restructures its production across Europe and the United Kingdom.

Japanese firm Honda also announced six non-production days in April under contingency plans to mitigate the risk of disruption to production at its Swindon factory after the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

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