In response to David Cameron's visit to Hitachi Rail's Newton Aycliffe, vote leave supporters have said that the notion investment into the North East would be jeopardised by a vote to leave is 'ludicrous'.
John Elliott, chairman of local employer Ebac and Vote Leave supporter, said:
Hitachi came to the North East in order to supply the UK market with trains. That is not going to change if we leave the EU.
Hitachi's biggest client in the UK is the government, so it's no surprise they're dancing to their tune.
We've heard this all before. Large multinationals such as Nissan said they would leave if we didn't join the Euro, but they didn't.
Hitachi themselves have said all we need is a free trade deal with the EU, which we will have when we Vote Leave on 23 June.”
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