Nissan is not going anywhere. 

The company is happy not just to make Qashqais, Notes and Leafs, but Infinitis are going to be built here too – for the first time ever outside of the company's native Japan.

Nissan must like us. Well in fact it does because executive vice president Andy Palmer told me so.

It isn’t every Monday morning that I spend enjoying a conference call with someone who has an important job. Whilst I decide whether to use a red or black Biro to take notes, he’s a qualified engineer with rather more crucial decisions to make.

So, in response to my last blog about Nissan’s relationship with the UK and Carlos Ghosn’s comments, Mr Palmer wanted to make the situation clear. The point he made strongly to me is that this was a hypothetical question to which the head of the company gave a fairly innocuous, non-committal answer.

I’ll agree with that, since I wrote there was already some pro-EU agenda spin being put on what was being said. It is the fact that these sorts of ‘Will they won’t they?’ stay in the UK questions seem to come up quite regularly, so it is time to scotch this kind of speculation.