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

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Nissan said it decided not to build the X-Trail model at its existing United Kingdom plant, canceling plans announced two years ago after May's government made undisclosed concessions created to ensure the carmaker's ability to compete after Brexit.

The announcement Sunday made no mention of any layoffs relating to the X-Trail SUV decision.

May's government has refused to rule out a no-deal Brexit, saying that doing so would weaken her position with European Union negotiators.

"Most of these capabilities were only relevant for us from 2015 onwards and I'm absolutely certain as Home Secretary ... my job is to do everything I can to keep this country safe".

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.

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.

He added that the United Kingdom would lead the way in electric and autonomous vehicles. "Support and assurances" from the United Kingdom government persuaded Nissan to continue investing in the site, the company said in October 2016. Nissan two years ago agreed to make the SUV in Sunderland after winning government pledges for access to the EU.

"It's why when I return to Brussels I will be battling for Britain and Northern Ireland, I will be armed with a fresh mandate, new ideas and a renewed determination to agree a pragmatic solution that delivers the Brexit the British people voted for, while ensuring there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland", she added.

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"But I think rather than being anything to do with Brexit, this is about a very specific problem to do with this model".

"There just is not the appetite for them here - it was not going to sell well".

Speaking to the BBC on Sunday, Javid said border enforcement officials told him now available technological systems mean there is no need for checkpoints and other infrastructure on the U.K.'s land border with Ireland after Brexit. To support this we are taking advantage of our global assets, and with X-Trail already manufactured in Japan, we can reduce our upfront investment costs.

The announcement also confirmed an ongoing trend of carmakers thinking twice about future investments in Britain.

Investment in Britain's vehicle industry halved past year, data showed last Thursday, and auto production by Nissan in Britain fell by more than 10 per cent.

The group's chief executive, Mike Hawes, described the threat of a no-deal Brexit as "catastrophic".

Her comments suggest the final eight weeks until March 29 - the U.K.'s scheduled exit day - will be fraught with tension.

During the 2016 referendum, Nissan said it opposed Brexit and that remaining in the European Union would make "the most sense for jobs, trade and costs".

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