Hundreds of workers at Nissan's Sunderland plant will lose their jobs.
There are fears that employees among the 7,000 strong workforce, will be laid off following a decline in demand for diesel cars. Around a quarter of the cars made at the site, run on diesel.
Nissan have said they will speak to staff about leaving the company on a voluntary basis.
A spokesperson for Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK has insisted the move is not in relation to Brexit, but said they are discussing these operational changes with their employees.
However, they insist there is still a bright future for Nissan with Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail orders remaining at the Sunderland site.
- Statement from NISSAN
- Statement by Sharon Hodgson MP for Washington and Sunderland West
- Statement by UNITE Union
Ross Smith, Director of Policy at the North East England Chamber of Commerce says although this will be disappointing news to some, looking forward, the region is still in a good financial position.