Nissan has hailed the Brexit deal, saying the agreement will give it a “competitive advantage” as it committed to produce new electric vehicle batteries at its Sunderland plant.Chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta said the deal gives Nissan the chance to “redefine the industry” and described new customs procedures resulting from Brexit as “peanuts”.He made his remarks as the company revealed that supply chain problems would result in a production line closing at the factory on Friday, but Nissan insisted it was down to COVID-19 and not Brexit red tape.Mr Gupta’s comments are likely to be seized on by ministers under pressure from a range of sectors to address the cost, complexity and delays arising from the new procedures.Nissan was one of the most vocal business opponents of a no-deal Brexit, saying the imposition of tariffs would threaten the viability of its UK manufacturing base. Advertisement But in a marked change of tone, Mr Gupta said that – following agreement of a tariff-free deal – Nissan would now be in a position to capitalise.He said the company would begin making the batteries for its long-range electric Leaf model in Sunderland later this year, a move that would likely create jobs on… Read full this story
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