Brexit job loss fears for Nissan's Sunderland plant could become a reality

The car giant is to decide next month whether to produce the next Qashqai SUV model in Sunderland or not


Car giants Nissan will decide next month on whether to produce the next Qashqai SUV model at its Sunderland plant following the UKs decision to leave the European Union, its Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said.
Its chief executive, Carlos Ghosn, has announced it will decide next month whether or to produce its next Qashqai SUV model at its Sunderland plant .
If the UK had voted to keep in the Europe Union on June 23, most believe that decision would to be able to a formality.
Now after Brexit , it is anything but which in turn.
The Wearside plant is one among the regions biggest employers with around 7,000 staff, while many thousands more work towards companies that provide components and parts for it.
Sharon Hodgson , MP for Washington and Sunderland West, in whose constituency the Nissan factory is based, said: The decision on whether or never to produce the new Qashqai SUV at the Sunderland Nissan factory will be an indicator of Nissans confidence in our countrys economy as we begin the associated with exiting the European Union, especially when questions remain unanswered about our future access to singular most important market.
The Government have said they can do everything they can to support Nissan, especially post-Brexit, however this decision is made it will thought to be clear indicator of Nissans confidence to invest in our regions economy and aid the 48,000 jobs based here in the North-East and about the country that count on the success from the factory.
Mr Ghosn’s comments follow his meeting last week with Prime Minister Theresa May in which he warned that leaving the EU could halt investment on Wearside.
The factory, which builds the popular Qashqai SUV and many other models, is Britain’s largest car plant, producing 475,000 vehicles last year, of which about 60% were Qashqais.
Mr Ghosn said: “We’re not asking for any advantage [from the British Government] but we don’t want to lose any competitiveness no matter what the discussions.”
He said he had received reassurance that the British government would be “extremely cautious” in “preserving the competitiveness” of the Sunderland plant.
“As long as I have this guarantee ... I can look at the future of Sunderland with more ease,” he said.

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