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Nissan responds to concerns over the future of the Sunderland plant

Reports were featured in the Financial Times on Tuesday 1 October Credit: PA

Reports in a national newspaper today sparked concern over the future of the Nissan plant in Sunderland.

The Financial Times is reporting that a no-deal Brexit would prompt Nissan to review its decision to build the Qashqai sport utility model at its Sunderland plant, endangering the future of the factory and its 7000 employees.

The Japanese carmaker announced in November 2016 that the Qashqai would be built in the UK.

Nissan has previously stated that the future of the plant is subject to a Brexit deal being secured. Nissan relies on a rapid supply chain from Europe, with components arriving at the factory on a "just in time" basis.

  • In a statement, Nissan said:

Since 1986, the UK has been a production base for Nissan in Europe. Our British-based R&D and design teams support the development of products made in Sunderland, specifically for the European market.

Frictionless trade has enabled the growth that has seen our Sunderland plant become the biggest factory in the history of the UK car industry, exporting more than half of its production to the EU.

Today we are among those companies with major investments in the UK who are still waiting for clarity on what the future trading relationship between the UK and the EU will look like.

As a sudden change from those rules to the rules of the WTO will have serious implications for British industry, we urge UK and EU negotiators to work collaboratively towards an orderly balanced Brexit that will continue to encourage mutually beneficial trade.

– Nissan statement

When asked if it's true that the future production of the Qashqai Sports model here would be reviewed if there's no deal, possibly leading to the eventual closure of the site, Nissan told ITV Tyne Tees:

While we don’t comment on speculative scenarios, our plans for Qashqai production in Sunderland have not changed.”