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'A real concern and damaging' if Nissan opts to build its new Qashqai elsewhere, says NECC

Credit: Nissan UK

The North East of England Chamber of Commerce says it would be 'a real concern' if Nissan decides NOT to manufacture its next Qashqai vehicle in Sunderland.

NECC Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham has been speaking to ITV News Tyne Tees after Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn demanded UK Government support post Brexit. His comments have caused fresh concerns over the future of the the Sunderland plant and a question mark over where the new Qashqai model will be built.

I think it would be a real concern because the Qashqai after all was designed here in Britain and has been built totally in Sunderland. It has been a phenomenal success, much more than people outside the industry appreciate and to lose that kind of support would be really really damaging.

– James Ramsbotham, NECC Chief Executive

The Japanses car manufacture which builds 500,000 cars a year on Wearside wants the UK to pledge compensation for any tax barriers that may be raised as a result of leaving the European Union.

We are determined to make sure that the UK remains the best place in Europe to run and grow a business, whether it’s one operating at home or abroad. "We are not going to provide a running commentary on every twist and turn of these negotiations. You don’t start a negotiation by telling the people you are negotiating with exactly what you plan to do. That approach won’t help us get the best deal for Britain.

– Government Spokesperson

Sunderland voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU, with 61% of people voting out in this year's referendum.


Brexit three months on: How would you vote now?

The EU flag flutters in front of Big Ben Credit: PA

On June 23 the country went to the polls to take part in the EU Referendum.

By the morning the political landscape had completely changed with 51.9% of voters opting for Brexit.

Three months on, how do you feel about Brexit? If you could vote again would you still be leave or still remain?

Take part in our poll and let us know.

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Anne-Marie Trevelyan calls Boris's foreign secretary appointment 'a smart move'

The Berwick-upon-Tweed MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has called the move to appoint Boris Johnson as foreign secretary 'smart'.

She has been speaking to ITV's Around The House.

Ms. Trevelyan was a LEAVE campaigner during the EU Referendum and says Boris Johnson will now be at the 'heart' of Brexit discussions, once the new cabinet has settled in.


Wharton 'disappointed' at Boris leadership u-turn

Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton has expressed his disappointment at Boris Johnson's decision to pull out of the race for the Conservative Party leadership.

The Stockton South MP said yesterday's announcement was disappointing as Mr Johnson had given him assurances regarding the future of the party and Britain after its exit from the European Union.

Mr Wharton said he would be speaking to all the party's leadership candidates before deciding who to back.

Bishop calls for unity in wake of vote to leave EU

The Bishop says communities must look at what they have in common Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Bishop of Newcastle has called on people to unite, to heal divisions highlighted by the EU referendum.

The Right Revd Christine Hardman says communities should work together to build a country she describes as 'generous, outward facing and welcoming'.

The Bishop told ITV News Tyne Tees that she was saddened by the nature of the debate on both sides at points during the campaign. In its aftermath, she hopes people can look to what they have in common.

Watch the Bishop's comments here:

Hexham MP: 'We have to move on' from Brexit vote

Conservatives gathered in Northumberland following the Brexit vote Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Conservative MP for Hexham says a priority in the wake of the Brexit vote is to secure the best possible deal for the UK with the EU.

Guy Opperman was speaking as northern Conservatives from the Remain and Leave camps met in Northumberland.

Mr Opperman campaigned for the country to stay in the EU. He was joined by the West Yorkshire MP Stuart Andrew who had voted to leave.

Mr Opperman denied it was difficult to come together in this way, telling ITV News Tyne Tees. 'We have to move on'.

North East 'must not lose out' after Brexit

The North East must not lose out as a result of Britain's exit from the European Union, according to the Shadow Europe Minister.

Pat Glass, Labour MP for North West Durham, had campaigned to Remain in the EU and now says the 'Leave' camp need to deliver on guarantees it given to the region during the referendum.

Mrs Glass told ITV News:

Nigel Farage said that the North East would not lose out from the money that comes from the EU. We've got to hold those people's feet to the fire and make sure that happens.

– Pat Glass MP
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