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Nissan timeline: what's happened so far?

It wasn't long after the UK voted to leave the EU that concerns about Nissan's future in Sunderland were raised. Ian Payne explains the journey to this point.

  • TIMELINE: what's happened so far?

In October 2016, Carlos Ghosn (then Chief Executive) met with Theresa May at Downing Street to seek assurances about trading after we leave the European Union.

Weeks later, Nissan announced that its new Quashai and X-trail models would be built on Wearside - securing thousands of jobs. Any relief though was shortlived.

In February 2018, the Japanese Ambassador warned that Japanese firms would pull out of the UK if Brexit hit profits.

Then in April 2018, Nissan announced a slow down in production because of a big fall in demand for diesel cars.

In October 2018, Carlos Ghosn warned of the impact of a no deal Brexit on its plant in Sunderland.

A month later, in November 2018, he was arrested and charged with financial misconduct.

In a statement onFebruary 3rd 2019, Chairman Gianluca de Ficchy said uncertainty around the UK's future relationship with the EU wasn't helping companies like Nissan plan for the future.