Nissan pledges future to United Kingdom after Brexit deal

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 24, 2021

The Japanese auto maker told the BBC it will produce additional battery production close to the Sunderland plant for its Leaf electric cars. However, the plant could almost double production from its pre-Covid levels of 320,000 to 350,000 cars a year if there is enough demand in future, Mr Gupta said, with the firm expected to win market share from imported rival marques as their sales dip amid increased red tape.

However, after months of tortuous negotiations, the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union struck a post-Brexit trade deal at the end of 2020 that means there won't be any tariffs or quotas.

A spokesman said: "Production on line one at the plant has been paused due to supply chain disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic".

In an announcement that provided some welcome news for beleaguered government ministers, Nissan's chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta said yesterday: "The Brexit deal is positive for Nissan".

In May past year, hundreds of workers in a Nissan plant in Spain protested at an announcement that the company would close its manufacturing there, at the same time as chief executive Makoto Uchida confirmed production would remain in Sunderland.

Moreover, Gupta announced that the carmaker will move to "localise the manufacture of the 62KW battery in Sunderland so that all our products qualify [for tariff-free export to the EU]", where they had previously been imported from Asia. "Brexit gives us the competitive advantage in the United Kingdom and outside". "We are committed to Sunderland for the long term under the business conditions that have been agreed". He said: "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 European Union delivers".

Sharon Hodgson, the Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West, said; "I welcome the news of Nissan's confidence".

A senior diplomat who attended the meeting with Barnier said that the EU's most recent proposal on the fisheries sector was the latest and added that regulatory concerns still remain about production patterns and state aid to ensure fair competition for companies Huh.

The EU is Britain's largest trading partner.

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