LIVE updates as Boris Johnson says EU is being 'unreasonable' and vows to 'do best' to get NE out of tier 3 in visit to region

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The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a visit to our region in the wake of an announcement which could bring 8,000 new jobs to the North East.

The Conservative leader is in Blyth, Northumberland, today, Friday, December 11, as he marks one year on from the General Election, which saw his party win with an 80 seat majority.

It comes after confirmation the UK’s first gigaplant, which will produce lithium-ion batteries for future electrified vehicles, will be set up on the former power station site in the town.

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His visit also follows on from discussions with the EU in Belgium, which failed to result in a final trade deal for the UK following the decision to leave the union.

Keep refreshing for live updates from his visit.