North-east England will pay the price for decades of dishonesty about Nissan | David Conn

Thatcher’s ministers knew EU membership was vital in attracting the Japanese carmaker. No one told the publicThe sprawling site near Sunderland of the giant Japanese car manufacturer Nissan is a fine-tuned product of Britain’s participation in the Euro…

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‘It isn’t just Nissan, it’s all the jobs’: how the carmaker’s U-turn hit Sunderland

As the firm abandons plans to build a major new model in the city, residents fear other employers will move elsewhereNissan’s Washington car plant in Sunderland remained silent on Sunday morning. The only sound came from the camera crews gathered at it…

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Brexit could cut manufacturing exports by a third, experts warn

Leave-voting areas such as Sunderland to be worst hit by government strategiesVersions of Brexit under consideration by the cabinet could cut British manufacturing exports by up to a third, according to new economic modelling that finds leave-voting ar…

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Chancellor targets English regions with multibillion investment

Budget aims to tackle London-centric economy by announcing spending plans for areas including the north and Midlands

English regions including the north and the Midlands will receive a multibillion-pound investment in an effort to reduce the weighting of the economy towards London.

Speaking as he announced plans aimed at improving transport links and devolving more power to the regions, Philip Hammond said “far too much of our economic strength is concentrated in our capital city”.

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Brexit does not have to be bad for UK exporters, north-east firm tells MPs

It is easy to export ‘if you make products people want’, Ebac founder John Elliott advises MPs on fact-finding mission

A manufacturer in the north-east has told MPs that Brexit does not have to be bad for British exporters, boasting that his firm has just struck a lucrative, long-term deal with a French company.

John Elliott, the founder and chairman of Ebac, which makes water coolers, washing machines and dehumidifiers from a factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, said trade tariffs were “not the end of the world”.

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