UK told Nissan it wants tariff-free trading for motor industry, Clark says

The UK told Nissan it would seek tariff-free access to EU markets for the motor industry as part of Brexit talks, the business secretary has said.

Greg Clark said this statement of the government's objectives had helped persuade Nissan to boost its investment in the UK, securing thousands of jobs.

Ministers have been under pressure to clarify the "support and assurances" Nissan said it received.

Labour said Nissan had been told more about the Brexit strategy than MPs had.

Opposition parties have called on the government to spell out to Parliament what it wants to achieve from its Brexit talks before they formally begin.

And speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Mr Clark was asked how he had persuaded Nissan to build the new Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland base.

The Japanese company's commitment to Britain's biggest car plant had been in doubt following the referendum on EU membership.

Mr Clark said he had assured Nissan that Britain would be "a great place to do business in the future".

Analysis: By Tom Bateman, BBC political correspondent

The business secretary was unexpectedly candid after days of calls for clarity about what guarantees the government had given the car maker.

As Mr Clark detailed the letter he wrote to Nissan's chief executive he provided further insight into the government's approach to its Brexit negotiations - at least insofar as the car making industry was concerned.

He signalled that ministers would seek....

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