The company's official statement said that in order to support heavy investment in new technology and equipment at its Sunderland operations (where the Juke, Qashqai and Leaf models will continue to be produced) it has chose to consolidate the X-Trail's production in its Japanese facility.
Merkel said questions about the backstop could be discussed in the so-called political agreement that accompanies the Brexit deal, adding: "We need to show creativity, we need to listen to each other".
The government offered Nissan "additional support of up to £80m" in a bid to assuage concerns after Britain voted to leave the European Union, a newly published letter has revealed.
The newspaper said the letter contained comments by Mr Clark that it would be "a critical priority of our [Brexit] negotiations to support United Kingdom vehicle manufacturers".
Nissan dealt another blow on Sunday by announcing it was shifting future investment away from its largest European plant in Sunderland, northeast England, which employs 7,000 people.
"We will set our ambitions high and vigorously pursue continued access to the European market as an objective in future negotiations".
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The North East England Chamber of Commerce has responded to the news that vehicle manufacturer Nissan has chose to scrap plans to build one of its models in Sunderland. He said that of £61 million worth of grants which had already been approved, only £2.6 million had so far been paid to Nissan.
"Its role in providing high skilled well paid jobs, innovative R&D and investment is why we are determined to build on these strengths to make the United Kingdom a leader in the next generation of autonomous and electric vehicles through the Automotive Sector Deal, as part of our modern Industrial Strategy". 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. Brexit uncertainty has since prompted consternation in some boardrooms in Tokyo.
On Feb. 1, an EU-Japan free trade agreement also kicked in, which includes the EU's commitment to removing tariffs of 10 percent on imported Japanese cars, diminishing part of the business case for building in Europe.
Unite Union representatives are due to meet with Nissan bosses on Monday to discuss the situation.
"Should it be a hard Brexit, I would not be surprised if also the decision to produce the Juke and the Qashqai might be re-examined", he told AFP.
"As always, Nissan has to make optimal use of its global investments for the benefits of its customers".