Gianluca de Ficchy, the chairman of Nissan Europe, said today that a disastrous No Deal would put Nissan’s entire European business model in jeopardy.
Commenting, Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South and leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The last 24 hours has underlined the seriousness of the current situation for Nissan on Wearside and the automotive sector as a whole.
“First came the news that night shifts would go. Whilst thankfully there are no job losses, some 3,000 people will in effect be receiving a pay cut.
“Then came the announcement that the new Juke will be rolling off the production lines from Monday. This should be a moment of pride and celebration for our region.
“But today also saw the stark warning from Nissan’s Europe Chairman Gianluca de Ficchy. He was clear that Nissan created a plant in Sunderland ‘to serve European markets,’ that No Deal would put their entire business model ‘in jeopardy’ and that it ‘won’t be sustainable’.
“Johnson said No Deal won’t be ‘anything like as bad as you say’ in reference to Nissan – the company disagrees. This isn’t getting Brexit done. It is getting done over by Brexit.
“We must end the chaos not end car making. Get rid of uncertainty not manufacturing jobs. It’s time to trust the people, not Boris Johnson, to solve the Brexit crisis by having the final say through a People’s Vote.”