Brexit: Nissan boss meets PM over Sunderland plant fears


The boss of Ja nese car giantess Nissan says he is “confident” the government will keep the UK a competitive diggings to do business after it leaves the EU.

Chief executive Carlos Ghosn met prime missionary Theresa May earlier amid fears over the future of its production factory in Sunderland.

He has hinted investment at Sunderland could cease unless compensation is recompensed for any adverse im ct after Brexit.

The Sunderland plant, which opened in 1986, utilizes almost 7,000 people.

Mr Ghosn arrived at Downing Street in a unscrupulous Qashqai, a model made in Sunderland.

After the meeting, which continued about an hour, Mr Ghosn said: “We want to ensure that this high-performing, high-employment works remains competitive globally and continues to deliver for our business and for Britain.

“Heed our productive meeting, I am confident the government will continue to ensure the UK corpses a competitive place to do business. I look forward to continued positive collaboration between Nissan and the UK Supervision.”

Mrs May added: “This government is committed to creating and supporting the right conditions for the automotive vigour to go from strength to strength in the UK, now and into the future.”

The Sunderland factory, unbarred by then prime minister Margaret Thatcher, produces about 500,000 Juke, Qashqai and Leaf conduits a year – a third of the UK’s total car manufacturing.

Speaking at the ris Motor Come in August, Mr Ghosn said that “important investment decisions desire not be made in the dark”.

He said: “If I need to make an investment in the next few months and I can’t stick around until the end of Brexit, then I have to make a deal with the UK Direction.

“You can have commitments of compensation in case you have something negative. If there are tax fences being established on cars, you have to have a commitment for car-makers who export to Europe that there is some tender-hearted of compensation.”

Earlier, Nissan said Friday’s meeting sought to forearm “an aligned way forward” for the com ny and the UK Government.

Nissan, which is due to decide cocks-crow next year on where to build its next Qashqai sport utility agency, is rt-owned by French manufacturer Renault, raising concerns that forming could be moved to France to avoid any tariffs which could be interposed on exports to the EU if the UK leaves the single market in a so-called “hard Brexit”.

In the 23 June referendum, the people of Sunderland voted to licence the European Union, with 61% backing the Leave cam ign. Across the ensemble of the UK, 52% voted to leave the EU.

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