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Business Secretary Greg Clark, making a statement to the Commons today, said Nissan's announcement that it would not build its X-Trail vehicle in Sunderland meant that 741 additional jobs would no longer be created, adding: "Nissan confirmed that production of the new Qashqai, Juke and Leaf will continue at Sunderland and there are no implications of the decision for existing jobs at the plant".

He said guarantees had been given that future production of the Juke and Qashqai models were not affected.

Nissan employs nearly 7,000 people at its plant in Sunderland, northeast England, and lawmakers are upset over news that it will cancel plans to build an SUV there.

The company addressed its 7,000 Sunderland staff in a letter that made it clear the decision isn't because of Brexit per se, but that "the continued uncertainty around the UK's future relationship with the European Union is not helping companies like ours to plan for the future".

Prime Minister Theresa May was gathering pro-Brexit and pro-EU Conservative lawmakers into an "alternative arrangements working group" seeking to break Britain's Brexit deadlock. The letter said United Kingdom support was contingent on Nissan building two models in England.

She said she would update constituents with information once she finds out more, and that "we must await official announcement from Nissan for the plans".

When an auto manufacturer announces it's going to build a new model at an alternative facility, the initial impact may not be seen at the original factory.

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NISSAN Motor Co abandoned a plan to make the X-Trail sport utility vehicle at a factory in northern Britain, saying uncertainty over Brexit isn't helping on future investment.

"The government's mishandling of the transition away from diesel allied to the continuing uncertainty around our future trading relationship with the European Union are extremely unhelpful when the sector ought to be focussed on preparations for electrification and industry 4.0".

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said the fall in investment was "deeply depressing" and should send a strong signal to politicians to secure a Brexit trade deal.

According to a letter written by Nissan Europe chairman Gianluca de Ficchy to workers, the X-Trail will continue to be made in Japan.

Jaguar Land Rover has announced global cuts of some 4,500 jobs, with the lion's share coming in the UK.

"This was nothing to do with the X-Trail". The drop in investment only foreshadows what could happen, he said.

Now it's reversed those plans and will instead continue to build the X-Trail in Japan, it confirmed on Sunday, dealing a major blow to the region's economy and underlining repeated concerns from the British automotive industry over damage to the sector caused by Brexit.


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