Nissan Responds To Sunderland Brexit Closure Rumours

Tue 1st Oct 2019

More than 30 years of motoring tradition in the North East of England could be under threat if a no-deal Brexit comes to pass according to reports in a national newspaper.

The Financial Times has suggested that Nissan would possibly readjust their strategy at their Sunderland Nissan plant if the United Kingdom were to crash out of the European Union without a deal.

The plant is currently home to the popular Qashqai, but the Japanese firm have previously failed to allay fears for the 7,000 jobs by saying that the future of the plant is subject to Brexit purely because parts are needed on a ‘just in time’ basis. A Brexit without negotiation would put severe pressure on the supply chain from Europe.

However, the Financial Times report has forced one of the UK’s biggest employers to release a lengthy statement saying: “Since 1986, the UK has been a production base for Nissan in Europe. Our British-based R&D and design teams support the development of products made in Sunderland, specifically for the European market.

“Frictionless trade has enabled the growth that has seen our Sunderland plant become the biggest factory in the history of the UK car industry, exporting more than half of its production to the EU.

“Today we are among those companies with major investments in the UK who are still waiting for clarity on what the future trading relationship between the UK and the EU will look like.

“As a sudden change from those rules to the rules of the WTO will have serious implications for British industry, we urge UK and EU negotiators to work collaboratively towards an orderly balanced Brexit that will continue to encourage mutually beneficial trade.”

When pushed on the detail of the FT article, in particular news that the Qashqai Sport may be in jeopardy, Nissan said: “While we don’t comment on speculative scenarios, our plans for Qashqai production in Sunderland have not changed.”