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Nissan Europe VP: 'Qashqai announcement means job security for 7000 people'

Nissan's Senior Vice-President for Europe, Colin Lawther, has said that Nissan's decision to build the new Qashqai model at the Sunderland plant will provide job security for 7,000 people.

Nissan also announced that production of its X-trail model will be moved from Japan to Sunderland:

Well it's just absolutely fantastic news. As you know our executive committee in Japan yesterday decided that we would build the next generation Qashqai right here at the Sunderland planet and we'll actually attract production of X-Trail from Japan.

So it's fantastic news for the plant here in Sunderland, and it's fantastic news for the region.

In real terms, it means job security for 7000 people, and opens the door to building more cars than we've ever built in the past, which opens the door to a future increase in employment levels.

So fantastic news for all the people who work here and the people who'll work here in the future.

– Colin Lawther


Local UKIP MEP: 'Nissan news is one in the eye for Brexit naysayers'

Jonathan Arnott MEP Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

North-East MEP Jonathan Arnott has claimed that Nissan's decision to build the new Qashqai at their Sunderland plant is 'one in the eye' of Brexit critics.

Jonathan Arnott said:

I am absolutely delighted that these jobs have been secured and this is fantastic news not just for Nissan workers, but also for those working in jobs in the supply chain.

This is a real much needed boost to the local economy.

I wonder how long it will be before we hear the words 'despite Brexit' from those naysayers and doom-mongers who downplay every success and magnify every failure in an attempt to sabotage the will of the people and British prosperity.

They were not slow to try to weaponise Nissan in their fight against the referendum result and this is one in the eye for them. They ought to reflect upon the jeopardy in which they place British jobs when they do so.

This news is not just good news for the North East but the whole country as I have no doubt that the confidence shown by Nissan will be reflected by other companies.

– Jonathan Arnott MEP

North East LEP: "The Nissan workforce are world class and this is absolutely merited"

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed the announcement by Nissan saying that the workforce are 'world class'.

What was Nissan promised?

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Questions have been raised about just what assurances Nissan was offered after it was announced they will produce the next Qashqai and will add production of the next X-Trail model at its Sunderland plant.

It's seen as a boost for the North East following the Brexit result.

The company say 'the support and assurances of the U.K. government' made it possible to commit to the two new models at their Wearside plant.

ITV Tyne Tee's political correspondent says Nissan wanted assurances over compensation for any tariffs, access to the single market and freedom of movement for staff.

There are no further details on what the government has promised Nissan in the run up to this announcement.

Labour MP for Houghton & Sunderland South: "I pay tribute to the Nissan workforce"

I am delighted by the fantastic news that Nissan have decided to produce the next Qashqai and X-Trail models at its Sunderland plant, securing the future of more than 7,000 local jobs.

I pay tribute to the workforce, whose role in making the Sunderland plant amongst the most productive in Europe no doubt contributed to this welcome outcome.

Nissan have been clear that this decision follows the UK government's commitment to ensure that the Sunderland plant remains competitive, but have not indicated exactly what guarantees the Prime Minister has offered to protect the company from the impact of Britain's decision to leave the EU, and potentially the single market as well.

As I mentioned during Tuesday's Westminster Hall debate in Parliament, it is imperative that the government also offers protection to the small and medium sized businesses in the Nissan supply chain and the wider manufacturing sector in the north east and beyond.

– Bridget Phillipson MP
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