Leading Brexit campaigner welcomes Nissan decision to build two new models in Sunderland

A leading Brexit campaigner has welcomed car giant Nissan's decision to build two new models at its Sunderland plant.

Thursday, 27th October 2016, 1:31 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th October 2016, 3:45 pm
Nissan is to build its new Qashqai and X-Trail models in Sunderland

Richard Tice, Chairman of Leave Means Leave, said: "Voters in the North-East were told by David Cameron and George Osborne to expect “immediate and profound shock to our economy” after a Brexit vote, followed by recession and the loss of countless jobs in the car industry.

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"They will have been amazed to see ONS figures last week which show that, in fact, unemployment in the North-East has fallen by 9,000 in the months following the Brexit vote, and is down by 22,000 compared to this time last year.

"Moreover, car production across the UK hit a 14-year high in August and, far from abandoning the North-East, we now know for certain that Nissan will be building the next generation of Qashqai and X-Trail SUV in Sunderland.

"The fact is, the economy is a lot more resilient than Project Fear gave it credit for. There are positive signals all over the country if you look past the gloom-merchants of the London-centric media, which focuses narrowly and disproportionately on the proclamations of the big banking corporations and multi-nationals, who just want to retain the privileges they enjoyed under the old EU system."