>> The British government helped secure a major Toyota investment in a UK plant with a letter reassuring the Japanese car maker overt post-Brexit trading arrangements, sources have told Reuters. Westminster's quote, warm words for Toyota likely to rekindle concerns about secretive Brexit deals when it emerged that Nissan had received a similar letter last year, it provoked widespread unease.
And rival car makers who'd had no reassuring words whispered in their ears were pretty unhappy. Reuters learned that the letter discussed electric vehicles, commitment to further training, and insuring UK car industry competitiveness. Toyota declining to comment while the business ministry refused to release the letter. Car makers want promises of free and unfettered trade after Britain leaves the EU, scheduled for 2019.
Many are holding back on investment in their UK plants while the future is so uncertain, and are using that as leverage to pressure the government.