BBC’s no deal Brexit fear-mongering over Nissan job losses dismantled by Tory MP Zahawi

BBC’s no deal Brexit fear-mongering over Nissan job losses dismantled by Tory MP Zahawi

Nissan‘s Sunderland factory will be at risk if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the owner of the Japanese company has warned. Ashwani Gupta told the BBC that the UK’s largest car manufacturing plant would be “unsustainable” if there was not tariff-free EU access. Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi dismissed the claims on Politics Live and insisted that the Government would be able to negotiate a Brexit deal by the deadline.

He said: “I spoke to the leadership of Sunderland on Thursday last week to go through their plans and the announcement they made across Europe with their closure of their Barcelona operation.

“Nissan have always been very clear, as many of the auto sector have.

“By the way, I speak to, as I’m the minister for auto, aero, steel, chemicals and professional business services.

“Everyone wants to see us get a really good free trade agreement with Europe. That is what we are aiming to do.”

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Mr Zahawi continued: “We are being transparent which is why we have published all the legal text that we’ve put forward so that other European countries can see that and other interested parties and the auto sector and Nissan can see all that.

“Our strategy’s been very clear; what we’re asking for is nothing other than equality between two sovereign parties negotiating.

“And, of course, transparency and nothing that the European Union hasn’t signed up to before in another trade deal somewhere else in the world.

“So I’m confident that we can get there.”

He added: “That’s in a situation where there’s no deal.

“We are going to strain every sinew to make sure there is a deal.

“And my message to Nissan and other automotive manufacturers is this is a negotiation.

“None better than Nissan business people would understand that in a negotiation, there will be posturing, there’ll be moments of tension and people will want to push their particular point of view.

“But ultimately if the goodwill is there, and we’ve been very transparent, we’re asking for no more than what the EU has signed up to for other trade deals, I think we will deliver a deal that’s good for Nissan and good for the UK.”

Published at Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:39:00 +0000