MP's warning over 'no-deal' Brexit as Nissan bosses warn Sunderland plant is ‘unsustainable’ without EU trade agreement

A Wearside MP says a warning from Nissan bosses that the Sunderland plant will ‘not be sustainable’ without a European Union trade deal proves the Government cannot risk a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

By Ryan Smith, Kevin Clark
Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, 4:11 pm

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Nissan’s global chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta has warned the company would not be able to sustain its commitment to Sunderland without tariff-free EU access.

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But Mr Gupta said: "You know we are the number one carmaker in the UK and we want to continue. We are committed.

"Having said that, if we are not getting the current tariffs, it's not our intention but the business will not be sustainable.

"That's what everybody has to understand."

Concerns are rising over the ability to agree a deal before the Brexit transition period ends on December 31, 2020.

Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West.

Sunderland and Washington West MP Sharon Hodgson, whose constituency covers the plant, said: “These comments from Ashwani Gupta should come as absolutely no surprise. Nissan and the wider UK automotive industry have consistently warned of the dangers that a ‘no deal’ Brexit poses.

“Indeed, last year Nissan's European chairman, Gianluca de Ficchy gave a similarly stark warning.

“The Government must not risk the livelihoods of my constituents and the thousands of other people who rely on the plant in my constituency by pursuing a reckless ‘no deal’.”

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