Key Words: Elon Musk says he chose Berlin over U.K. for Tesla battery factory due to Brexit

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk

There are certainly good reasons for picking Germany, and Berlin in particular, as a site for a battery plant and a research-and-development center for Tesla Inc.

But in a quick interview with Auto Express, Tesla TSLA, +1.40%  co-founder and Chief Executive Elon Musk made clear why he didn’t consider the U.K.

“Brexit made it too risky to put a Gigafactory in the U.K.”

Elon Musk

Musk didn’t elaborate. A reporter for the BBC, Faisal Islam, tweeted that one issue Brexit raises for Tesla in particular is whether parts produced in the U.K. would qualify as E.U. content.

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The U.K. seems likely to pursue a path of Brexit, as election polls show the Conservatives with a sizeable lead over Labour. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reached an exit agreement with the European Union that has yet to be ratified by the U.K. Parliament.