Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brexit Job Loss Risk Highlighted by MPs' Letter

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brexit Job Loss Risk Highlighted by MPs' Letter

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Byline: JONATHAN WALKER Political Editor jon.walker@reachplc.com @jonwalker121

NINE MPs and MEPs in the North East have warned Brexit poses a risk to jobs and investment in the region, as they called for a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

It follows warnings from carmaker Nissan, which employs more than 7,000 people in Sunderland and has said it cannot press ahead with investment because of uncertainty about Brexit.

An open letter was signed by Bridget Phillipson, MP for Houghton and Sunderland South; Julie Elliott, MP for Sunderland Central; Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield; Anna Turley, MP for Redcar; North East MEP Paul Brannen; Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North; Paul Williams, MP for Stockton South; North East MEP Jude Kirton-Darling, and Baroness Joyce Quin, a former MEP for Tyne and Wear and now a member of the House of Lords.

They are backing a campaign for what they call a "People's Vote" on the deal agreed between the EU and UK. This means holding a referendum in which one option would probably be to stay in the EU.

The letter reads: "As MPs, MEPs and Peers from Sunderland and across the North East of England, we have a duty to our constituents to make sure we are representing them and securing the best possible future for them and their families.

"That is why we cannot ignore recent warnings from Nissan's chief executive Carlos Ghosn that the company is "in the dark" over proposed plans for Brexit and that the company has no option but to pause investment plans in the UK until they get more clarity from Downing Street.

"Over 7,000 people are employed by Nissan in Sunderland, while 30,000 more across the North East rely on the plant as part of the manufacturing chain.

"Any risk to those jobs and our region's prosperity shows why we believe that the Brexit deal being negotiated by the Government represents a serious Over are Sunderland, threat to our future. …

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