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Boris Johnson hails jobs bonanza after Nissan’s £1billion electric car deal


BORIS Johnson has claimed the creation of thousands of car-making jobs will supercharge a green industrial revolution.

The £1billion project will bolster Nissan’s workforce in Sunderland by more than 1,600.

Boris Johnson hailed Nissan's £1billion deal as a 'step forward for our green industrial revolution'

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Boris Johnson hailed Nissan’s £1billion deal as a ‘step forward for our green industrial revolution’Credit: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing Street

And there will be 4,500 new jobs in the supply chain as the Japanese giant builds a new-generation all-electric vehicle in the North East.

The PM, on a visit yesterday to the site, beamed: “This plant makes more electric vehicles than virtually anywhere else in Europe.

“It’s a fantastic vote of confidence in Sunderland, in the North East and this amazing workforce here. It’s an important step forward for our green industrial revolution.”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng congratulated locals for “the confidence they expressed in their country when they voted for Brexit”.

Sunderland Nissan’s CEO Ashwani Gupta claimed the opportunity was down to breaking with the EU, saying: “Thanks to Brexit, Nissan is moving forwards.”

The project will bolster Nissan's workforce by more than 1,600

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The project will bolster Nissan’s workforce by more than 1,600Credit: Andrew Parsons / No10 Downing St
Kwasi Kwarteng thanked locals for their confidence when they voted Brexit

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Kwasi Kwarteng thanked locals for their confidence when they voted BrexitCredit: AFP

The company will build a new electric model and battery plant with financial support from the Government, giving a major boost to the industry.

The car will be a cross-over vehicle but it is not known when production will start.

July sees the 35th anniversary of the plant building its first car and Mr Gupta said: “This is a £1billion birthday present for colleagues here.”

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