Britain's May Told GM CEO She Wants to See Vauxhall Jobs Protected

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In this Thursday Sept. 10, 2009 file photograph, a GM logo is reflected in the window of a Vauxhall car dealership opposite the Vauxhall factory in Luton, England. Britain's business secretary says he had constructive talks with the president of ... General Motors amid alarm that thousands of jobs could be lost by the possible takeover of GM's Opel division by France's PSA Group. Opel's British brand, Vauxhall, employs 4,500 people at plants in Ellesmere and Luton. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Prime Minister Theresa May told the chief executive of General Motors (GM), Mary Barra, that she wanted to see jobs at two Vauxhall car plants in Britain secured for the long term during a phone call on Sunday, May's office said in a statement.

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On Monday France's PSA Group agreed to buy Opel, and its British Vauxhall brand, from General Motors in a deal valuing the business at 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion).

"The Prime Minister set out to Ms Barra the importance of the Vauxhall brand to the UK and reiterated her desire for the jobs at both plants to be secured for the long term," the statement said.

"Ms Barra made clear that Vauxhall would remain a British brand and that the deal would recognize and respect all agreements regarding the workforce," May's office said.