Nissan rocks Government by axing plans to build new motor at Sunderland plant

NISSAN has rocked the Government by cancelling plans to build a new model in the UK.

The Japanese giant will switch production of its X-Trail to Asia.

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Nissan has shocked the UK by cancelling plans to produce the X-Trail model in Sunderland[/caption]

Bosses called Business Secretary Greg Clark on Friday to tell him of the U-turn. Nissan had committed to build the new Qashqai and X-Trail at its Sunderland plant after Whitehall assurances over future EU trading relations.

A secret letter about the Brexit guarantees could now be made public tomorrow — after Nissan formally announces its decision.

The Sunderland plant employs 7,000 people and produces 2,000 cars a day. Local MP Bridget Phillipson said: “If confirmed, this would be deeply troubling news for the North East economy.”

Her Labour colleague Julie Elliott said the downturn in the diesel market was being blamed for the decision.

 The Nissan Sunderland plant employs 7,000 people and produces 2,000 cars a day
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he Nissan Sunderland plant employs 7,000 people and produces 2,000 cars a day[/caption]

Jobs are unlikely to be affected. But there is speculation the Qashqai could also be built in Japan. Nissan and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy did not comment last night.

Ford recently announced nearly 400 jobs will be lost at Bridgend, South Wales.

Jaguar Land Rover is to reduce its 44,000 workforce by 4,500 under plans to make £2.5billion of savings.

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