"We expect GM to present a reliable plan for Opel quickly," she was quoted as saying by Reuters. "This solution can only work if GM takes over the lion's share of the restructuring costs, which also means that it has to pay back the bridge loan," Merkel added when talking about the possibility to provide financial support to General Motors.
According to various sources, GM has already started negotiating state funds for Opel's reorganization, with some countries expressing their support just after the company announced its decision to keep the brand.
"We have noted GM's announcement today and want to work closely with GM to understand their plan for the business and what it means for the UK," a Department for Business spokesman said. "We have always said that if the right long-term, sustainable solution is identified, then the government would be willing to provide funding to this."
However, this doesn't mean that the UK is ready to grant the funds without any negotiation and Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has already asked for an early sight on Opel's restructuring plan.
"I think our own Vauxhall workforce would prefer to keep with the management they know rather than take a chance with a management that they don't," Mandelson was quoted as saying by Reuters. "But whatever happens, we must see an appropriate, commercially based judgment being applied to redundancies which will take place in the context of restructuring."