Protest to be held at Nissan plant over impact of no-deal Brexit on North East jobs

A protest will be held outside Nissan’s Washington plant, calling on the Government to reject a no-deal Brexit.

Wednesday, 15th July 2020, 3:08 pm
Updated Friday, 17th July 2020, 5:41 pm

Concerned residents from across the North East are set to hold the socially-distanced protest at Nissan’s Wearside facility next week, urging ministers to reject a no-deal departure.

The event is set to take place at 10am on Monday, July 20 with protesters bringing cardboard ‘bodies’ to visually represent potential losses to the supply chain, should the Government fail to reach a deal before the end of the Brexit transition period.

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Protesters Louise Brown, Yvonne Wallace, Lucy Dixon, Jo Thom, Kim Sanderson and Robina Jacobson at the gates of Nissan last month.

Louise Brown, protest spokeswoman, said: “Now that the Government have refused to extend the transition period, a no-deal Brexit has become increasingly more likely.

“As we highlighted at protests last month, the North East stands to be the worst affected by a no-deal Brexit.

"Nissan has said that the plant in Sunderland will not be sustainable in the event of a no-deal Brexit.”

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As well as fears over the plant in Washington, the group has raised concerns about the impact on local supply chains to it.

Louise added: "In addition to the 7,000 jobs that would go at the actual plant, there would also be the loss of thousands of jobs connected to it within the supply chain.”

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