UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall dismisses Nissan boss warning over Sunderland plant

Paul Nuttall, UK Independence Party
Paul Nuttall, UK Independence Party
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A EURO-sceptic politician has dismissed a warning by car firm Nissan that it might have to rethink its commitment to Washington if the UK pulls out of the European Union.

Speaking at the launch of the new Qashqai in London this month, the Japanese-based firm’s global chief executive, Carlos Ghosn, said he would have to “reconsider our strategy and our investments for the future” in the event that Britain decided to leave the EU.

However, UK Independence Party deputy leader Paul Nuttall MEP has dismissed Mr Ghosn’s comments as ‘absolute nonsense.’

“In 1999, Nissan warned that if Britain didn’t join the Euro, that would hurt investment,” he said.

“We didn’t join the Euro, and Nissan are still there.

“I would take what Nissan is saying with a pinch of salt. If we left the European Union, a company like Nissan would not suffer. It would continue to prosper.”

Nissan employs 6,500 people at its Washington plant, with several times as many more working in the factory’s supply chain, much of which is based locally.

The plant has begun production of the Leaf and the new Note this year, and its second-generation Qashqai is due to go on sale early in next year, to be followed by the first car the plant has built for the company’s luxury Infiniti brand.