Brexit Is Great News For Nissan Plant

Sat 23rd Jan 2021

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has confirmed that it plans to remain in the north east of England after a trade deal between the UK and EU was agreed.

There has been worries that a no-deal Brexit could have put the jobs of 6,000 workers at risk, however, Brexit may actually lead to more jobs after Nissan pledged to move battery manufacture to the Sunderland plant after the deal required 55 per cent of a car’s value to be derived from the UK or EU to qualify for zero tariffs.

The move is a huge boost for the region and the motor industry overall according to Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng: “Nissan’s decision represents a genuine belief in Britain and a huge vote of confidence in our economy thanks to the certainty our trade deal with the EU delivers.

“For the dedicated and highly-skilled workforce in Sunderland, it means the city will be home to Nissan’s latest models for years to come and positions the company to capitalise on the wealth of benefits that will flow from electric vehicle production.”

While the Nissan announcement is big news for one of the biggest factories in England, there are still concerns about other sites in the UK, and Unite Union officials are fighting for the future of Vauxhall plants in Luton and Ellesmere Port.

“We welcome the approval of both sets of shareholders to create the fourth biggest global carmaker and will seek reassurance that the new merged company will continue to commit to no plant closures.

“Specifically in the UK, we call upon PSA to look at a longer term plan to build electrified vehicles at both Luton and Ellesmere Port with future regulatory and legislative changes in mind.

“Previously the management have said that this decision will not be made until there is a clear understanding on the outcome of discussions between the British government and the European Union.

“Now the free trade deal with the EU has been agreed by both sides with no tariffs or quotas, this should create the necessary business environment the company was seeking.”