The UK’s ‘Brexit’ is starting to look more like a ‘Brisiness As Usual’ as far as the new car manufacturing sector is concerned, thanks to a new deal from the UK government.
Renault Nissan Alliance boss Carlos Ghosn was one of the first to speak out - fearful that carmaking in the UK would no longer be viable - when a vote of the people confirmed that the UK would leave the European Union.
A chat with the new Prime Minister last week, however, ended with Mr Ghosn’s fears allayed and the CEO now welcoming the UK government’s position.
That position means exports from the UK to the EU will not be burdened by tariffs, if the UK can help it, which should see each of the carmakers with plants currently in Britain breathing a sigh of relief.
“It is my job to provide the assurances to Nissan and others that Britain is going to continue to be a great place to invest,” government business secretary Greg Clark said, speaking with the BBC.
“I was able to do that and this (the Nissan outcome) was the result that we saw. One of the assurances I was able to give is that our intention, our negotiating remit when it comes to the discussions with our European partners is to have a constructive and civilised dialogue to look for the common interest here.”
The Nissan X-Trail is now likely to join the production line at the same plant, with Nissan and CEO Ghosn now confident enough to invest in the necessary tooling.
Besides Nissan, the UK also has plants currently building various models for Vauxhall, Honda, Aston Martin, MINI and others.
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