A report by Bloomberg alleges that an insider of the brand’s discussions with the Government revealed that Nissan told officials that the plant would eventually close, and the construction of the next-generation Qashqai and X-Trail would have been placed elsewhere.
The plant currently employs more than 7000 people and is the largest car producing facility in the UK. It was recently announced as the factory where the two new models would be produced, following negotiations with the Government. The results of these talks have since been declared as open to all car manufacturers in the UK.
Greg Clark, the UK's business secretary, is under pressure from the shadow cabinet to publish his letter to Nissan, but he has so far refused to do so, saying the letter contains "sensitive commercial information".
Clark’s letter to Nissan has become a contentious topic in parliament, as Labour MPs call for the publication of the Government’s deal with Nissan and other car makers. Clark said on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show that UK car makers would be immune from any export tariffs that would come about as a result of Brexit, but it is as yet unclear if this is the full extent of the offer.