News that the Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail models will be built at Nissan's Sunderland plant, securing in the region of 7,000 jobs, has been welcomed by local UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott. Whilst the Qashqai decision had been expected, the X-Trail was more of a surprise.
Almost one-third of all cars made in the UK last year were made at the Sunderland plant.
Jonathan Arnott said, "I am absolutely delighted that these jobs have been secured and this is fantastic news not just for Nissan workers, but also for those working in jobs in the supply chain.
“This is a real much needed boost to the local economy.
"I wonder how long it will be before we hear the words 'despite Brexit' from those naysayers and doom-mongers who downplay every success and magnify every failure in an attempt to sabotage the will of the people and British prosperity.
“They were not slow to try to weaponise Nissan in their fight against the referendum result and this is one in the eye for them. They ought to reflect upon the jeopardy in which they place British jobs when they do so.
“This news is not just good news for the North East but the whole country as I have no doubt that the confidence shown by Nissan will be reflected by other companies.”