Government must be clear about what assurances were given to Nissan

Responding to today’s news about Nissan, Chuka Umunna MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said:

“This is undoubtedly welcome news for the North East.

“Many will now want to know whether specific assurances were given to Nissan, and if so what they were.

“If certain companies are being given clarity on the UK’s future trade arrangements with the EU, specifically in relation to the Single Market and Customs Union, this should be shared with all who have a stake in the future of the UK economy. 

“If specific relief was offered, this would be a tacit acknowledgement that some of our prized sectors could be affected by new trade barriers when we leave the EU.

“And if particular compensatory measures were discussed or proposed, we should be told what they were and whether they will be offered to other manufacturers or other sectors.

“So much of the Government’s approach to Brexit is characterised by secrecy. We hope they will offer more detail on the background of today’s good news.”