Nissan boss ‘confident’ after talks with Theresa May

Nissan boss ‘confident’ after talks with Theresa May
Nissan boss ‘confident’ after talks with Theresa May
Theresa May held talks with the Nissan boss amid fears that the Japanese car giant would scale back investment in Britain following Brexit. “Following our productive meeting, I am confident the government will continue to ensure the UK remains a competitive place to do business” Carlos Ghosn Carlos Ghosn has previously suggested his company will not put more money into its plant in Sunderland unless it is compensated for any losses resulting from withdrawal from the European Union. Following the Downing Street meeting, Mr Ghosn said he was confident the UK would remain a competitive place for Nissan to operate. One-third of UK-built cars The Sunderland factory, which was opened in 1986 and employs almost 7,000 workers, produced around 500,000 of the 1.6m cars made last year in Britain. The company is due to decide by the end of this year whether to start building a new Qashqai SUV model on the site. Nissan is part-owned by French manufacturer Renault, raising concerns that production could be switched to France if a so-called “hard Brexit” results in exporters facing tariffs to export to the EU. Mr Ghosn, Nissan’s chief executive officer, said: “We want to ensure this high-performing, high-employment factory remains competitive globally and continues to deliver for our business and for Britain. “Following our productive meeting, I am confident the government will continue to ensure the UK remains a competitive place to do business. I look forward to continued positive collaboration between Nissan and the UK Government.” Mrs May said: “This Government is committed to creating and supporting the right conditions for the automotive industry to go from strength to strength in the UK now and into the future.” Tusk rebuffed The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman yesterday dismissed a suggestion by Donald Tusk, the European Council President, that Britain might ultimately abandon its plans for Brexit. She said: “The British people have made their decision and we are now going to get on with that, with taking the UK out of the EU and making the most of the opportunities ahead.” Mrs May plans to hold face-to-face meetings with all other 27 EU leaders by the time she attends a European Council meeting in mid-December. She has already held talks with 12. Mrs May yesterday addressed an annual meeting of Britain’s ambassadors to the 27 EU members states. Her spokeswoman said she would “emphasise the important role that ambassadors have to play in Brexit, helping us to establish a granular picture of their host governments’ economic interests, which sectors and major companies have most at stake in the UK economy”.

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