Japanese automaker Nissan will announce that it is refusing to produce one of its models in England, the Sky News channel confirmed on Saturday.
The management will confirm on Monday its "choice not to produce Sunderland X-Trail as it had decided in 2016," the British media reported on its website, citing sources that were not specified.
Sky News added that the relationship with Brexit "is not obvious."
Nissan employs 7,000 people in the northeast city of England, whose jobs do not seem to be in danger.
The shortage of potential jobs has caused concern among local MPs.
"If this is confirmed, this will be deeply worrying news about the Northeast economy," said Bridget Phillipson of the Twitter label. "There are so many jobs and households that depend on Nissan's success."
"Even if we wait for confirmation from Nissan itself, the crisis on the diesel market is the reason (…) But we can not deny the inevitable role played by Brexit," said colleague Julie Elliott.
Like other industrial regions in the north of England, Sunderland voted predominantly for the UK's exit from the European Union.
Nissan was established in 1986, starting with less than half a thousand employees. This site is now the largest in Europe, assembling its popular jokes and Qasqhai urban SUVs as well as its Leaf electric car.
The Japanese group was shaken by the arrest in November of its French-Lebanese-Brazilian Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn, who was quickly removed from office while locked in Tokyo for alleged financial abuse.
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