Nissan urges UK and EU negotiators to 'work collaboratively' for balanced Brexit as company awaits clarity

Car giant Nissan has pledged its commitment to thousands of workers employed by the firm in the UK – but has called on negotiators to deliver an “orderly balanced Brexit” to secure its future success.

The comments came following a press conference in Paris on Monday, February 24 – at which Nissan’s European chairman Gianluca de Ficchy was reported to have spoken about uncertainty surrounding a trade agreement with the European Union.

The UK left the EU on Friday, January 31 – more than three years after the landmark Brexit vote in June 2016. Negotiations are ongoing over a future partnership between the two.

Since 2016, there has been much speculation about the future of the company’s Sunderland plant, which officially opened in 1986 and employs thousands of workers across the region.

Nissan's Sunderland plant.

A Nissan spokeswoman said in a statement on Tuesday, February 25: “We continue to invest in our UK operations to serve European markets, with the new Nissan Juke recently launching and preparations now under way for the new Qashqai.

“We want our UK team of more than 7,000 people to have the best possible chance of future success, which is why we continue to urge UK and EU negotiators to work collaboratively towards an orderly balanced Brexit that will continue to encourage mutually beneficial trade.”

A tour of the plant in 2019.
There has been much speculation about Nissan's future in Sunderland since the Brexit vote in 2016.