"This kind of support package to help in areas such as training and skills is typical across the industry. Clearly, we will be reviewing it in the light of this decision," the government source was quoted as saying by The Times newspaper.
Clark, for his part, reportedly described the news as a “blow to the sector and the region," but stressed that the automaker had confirmed that no jobs would be lost.
Gianluca de Ficchy, the chairman of Nissan Europe, explained the manufacturer's decision by citing business reasons, in particular, the decrease in diesel sales across Europe and "reduced volumes forecast" for X-Trail in Europe. At the same time, however, he acknowledged that Brexit was making doing business in the United Kingdom more difficult.
The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on March 29. While the two sides have agreed on a withdrawal deal, it has not yet been approved by UK lawmakers, which has prompted fears both in Brussels and in London of a no-deal Brexit.