Government ‘pledged £80m to Nissan’
The UK pledged £80m in improve to Japanese automotive massive Nissan in 2016 to get it to keep in the United Kingdom after the Brexit vote, a leaked letter signifies.
But the pledge relied on persisted manufacturing of the Qashqai and X-Trail fashions on the carmaker’s Sunderland plant, the Financial Times reported.
The record comes an afternoon after Nissan stated it was once going to make the X-Trail in Japan as a substitute.
Meanwhile, a central authority minister has stated Nissan will nonetheless get its cash.
Business and Industry Minister Richard Harrington informed BBC Newcastle that £60m already given to Nissan through the federal government do not have to be repaid.
He stated the cash was once now not tied to X-Trail automobiles, however was once connected to selection applied sciences – creating electrical automobiles and ensuring the following technology of Qashqai automobiles may well be electrical.
In October 2016, Nissan stated it might construct each the brand new Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant, following govt “support and assurances”.
The nature of the ones assurances was once now not made public, in spite of Freedom of Information requests from the BBC and others.
However, the FT stated it has now bought a replica of the letter that Business Secretary Greg Clark wrote to then Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn.
The newspaper stated the letter contained feedback through Mr Clark that it might be “a critical priority of our [Brexit] negotiations to support UK car manufacturers”.
But on Sunday, when Nissan introduced its resolution to transfer X-Trail manufacturing out of the United Kingdom, the company’s Europe chairman, Gianluca de Ficchy, stated that “the continued uncertainty around the UK’s future relationship with the EU is not helping companies like ours to plan for the future”.
Nissan stated the leaked letter was once “no longer commercially sensitive, as it contains nothing that hasn’t been disclosed publicly before”.