"We will be eager to invest in Ellesmere Port if there is a business case," PSA boss Carlos Tavares this week, referring to the famous Vauxhall Astra plant in the north west of England. "We would have to ask the UK government to compensate for that. It is not ethical for continental European employees to pay for customs barriers to the UK market."
The Ellesmere Port plant (pictured) has long been the subject of speculation regarding its future, but should Britain and the EU reach a favourable agreement, its long-term future could be secured. A long-term decision on the factory isn't set to be made until the end of this year at the earliest.
"The decision will not be taken until we have a clear understanding of the outcome of discussions between the British government and the European Union," Tavares said. "We won't have an answer on that until at least midway through this year and most probably not until the end of 2020."
Vauxhall also has a factory that produces vans in Luton in the south of England. That site is expected to have a more secure future following a decision made back in 2018.