A Tokyo official last night warned that Japanese companies could 'suspend' operations in the UK if Britain exits the EU without a deal – even though the country's firms have collected millions of pounds in UK state aid.
Analysis of European Commission records shows Nissan has been awarded £22million since Britain voted to leave the EU. This was on top of the £61million state aid revealed last week.
Toyota received £20.7million in Business Department state aid grants last year and Hitachi was handed £9.5million by Government departments in 2016 and 2017.
Nissan last week announced it had abandoned plans to build its new X-Trail SUV at its European headquarters in Sunderland.Shinichi Iida، a minister at London's Japanese embassy، told The Mail on Sunday that if the UK leaves the EU without a deal، manufacturing firms 'would be forced to suspend their operations، adjust to the environment and shift the balance of their productions'.