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Nissan’s global operating boss says recent commitment to UK is dependent on tariff-free EU access
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3 June 2020

Britain’s largest car factory may still not have a future if the UK leaves the European Union without a trade detail in place, Nissan has stated. 

The Japanese firm’s Sunderland plant, which employs 7000 workers and made 350,000 cars last year, received a boost last week when Nissan confirmed it is committed to making it the centre of its European production operations.

However, the company's global chief operating officer claims that it's still at risk if a no-deal Brexit occurs. 

Ashwani Gupta told the BBC: “You know we are the number one car maker in the UK and we want to continue. We are committed. Having said that, if we aren't getting the current tariffs, it’s not our intention, but the business will not be sustainable. That’s what everybody has to understand”. 

Despite closing plants in Spain and Indonesia and claiming a commitment to Sunderland last week, Nissan describes its European business as “non-core”. The brand has a 3% market share across the region. 

Gupta also refused to confirm earlier reports that Alliance partner Renault would take up spare manufacturing capacity to build platform-sharing models at Sunderland, stating it was a matter for the French car maker.

Of Sunderland’s total output, 70% is promptly exported and sold in EU markets. If the UK doesn’t secure a trade deal and defaults to World Trade Organisation rules, those exports would most likely be subject to a 10% tariff.

Brexit talks between the UK and EU have resumed this week.

The UK has until the end of June to decide if it wishes to request a Brexit extension, which the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has stated would be considered. 

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3 June 2020

Gawd, those poor buggers not knowing whether they are coming or going, I said this would happen if we left Europe 3 years ago...

And thats just the beginning...

3 June 2020
lambo58 wrote:

Gawd, those poor buggers not knowing whether they are coming or going, I said this would happen if we left Europe 3 years ago...

And thats just the beginning...

Guy Verhofstadt is that you? 

Sounds like BS to me, much like the BS remainiacs have been spouting for the last 3+ years. 

 

3 June 2020
Citytiger wrote:

Guy Verhofstadt is that you? 

Sounds like BS to me, much like the BS remainiacs have been spouting for the last 3+ years. 

 

 

Why not drop the pathetic remainiacs / Remoaners patter eh? Today's news is no surprise to anyone.

3 June 2020
Citytiger wrote:

lambo58 wrote:

Gawd, those poor buggers not knowing whether they are coming or going, I said this would happen if we left Europe 3 years ago...

And thats just the beginning...

Guy Verhofstadt is that you? 

Sounds like BS to me, much like the BS remainiacs have been spouting for the last 3+ years. 

 

Its not BS, its the truth, BS is what the Brexiteers speak.

3 June 2020
lambo58 wrote:

Gawd, those poor buggers not knowing whether they are coming or going, I said this would happen if we left Europe 3 years ago...

And thats just the beginning...

I know of other companies who have already left the UK because of Brexit, small ones, but that's because it was easier for them to leave.

 

Nissan have invested so much in to Sunderland they're hardly going to give up instantly. But when the next model comes along that's when Sunderland will find itself without work, and again until it closes.

 

Brexiters voted to be poorer and jobless.

 

3 June 2020
lambo58 wrote:

Gawd, those poor buggers not knowing whether they are coming or going, I said this would happen if we left Europe 3 years ago...

And thats just the beginning...

Did you say the Spanish Nissan plant would close too? 

3 June 2020

Nope- just the UK

 

3 June 2020
lambo58 wrote:

Nope- just the UK

Sunderland may still not close, you'll look a bit of a Lemon if it's still open at the end of the Year then

3 June 2020
xxxx wrote:

lambo58 wrote:

Nope- just the UK

Sunderland may still not close, you'll look a bit of a Lemon if it's still open at the end of the Year then

Its highly likely to - our dangerously incompetent, arrogant, hard right government with its superiority complex, wants access to EU markets without biding by their rules or their adjudicating body, it aint gonna happen, so no deal it will be.

3 June 2020
typos1 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

lambo58 wrote:

Nope- just the UK

Sunderland may still not close, you'll look a bit of a Lemon if it's still open at the end of the Year then

Its highly likely to - our dangerously incompetent, arrogant, hard right government with its superiority complex, wants access to EU markets without biding by their rules or their adjudicating body, it aint gonna happen, so no deal it will be.

Even you should be able to understand - will close - is not the same as - highly likely to close-.  The Nissan plant in Spain will close, several Renault factories, also in the EU, are highly likely to close.

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