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As Brexit talks have resumed this week, Nissan is warning that its Sunderland manufacturing plant is still under threat if the UK leaves the European Union without a trade deal, my colleague Mark Sweney writes.

Last week, Nissan said that the UK’s largest car manufacturing plant would stay open as it announced plans to cut £2.3bn in costs worldwide. However, the carmaker has said it would need to “improve efficiency” at the factory in the north-East of England, which employs 6,700 staff.

On Wednesday, Ashwani Gupta, the Japanese company’s global chief operating officer, warned that with the European Union Sunderland factory’s biggest customer the tariffs that would come with a no-deal Brexit would mean manufacturing in Britain would not be viable.

“You know we are the number one carmaker in the UK and we want to continue,” he told the BBC. “We are committed. Having said that, if we are not getting the current tariffs, it’s not our intention but the business will not be sustainable. That’s what everybody has to understand.”


Workers on the production line at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland.

Workers on the production line at Nissan’s factory in Sunderland. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

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