Japanese car-maker, Nissan is reportedly to abandon plans to build the new X-Trail model at their Sunderland plant.

According to Sky News, the car-maker is to confirm they’re to scrap plans to build the new SUV on Monday, with just 53 days left before, the Brexit EU withdrawal.

Nisan voiced their concerns over Brexit before committing to build the new Qashqai and X-Trail models, four months after the EU referendum in October 2016.

Sky News’s city editor, Mark Kleinman said in tweet, “EXCLUSIVE: Nissan will announce next week that it’s cancelling a plan unveiled in 2016 to build its X-Trail model at its Sunderland plant.

“Bombshell Brexit move for industry given that ministers gave Nissan secret reassurance over industry competitiveness.”

Keir Starmer, Shadow Brexit secretary and Labour MP for Holborn & St Pancras, said in a tweet in response to Klienman’s tweet, “If confirmed, this represents a serious blow to the communities that depend on the jobs Nissan creates and supports.

“The Tories’ chaotic handling of the Brexit negotiations is having a devastating impact on business investment. It’s time ministers got a grip on this crisis.”

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