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UK: Protesters demand extension of Brexit transition period to save Nissan plant in Sunderland01:51

UK: Protesters demand extension of Brexit transition period to save Nissan plant in Sunderland

United Kingdom, Sunderland
June 12, 2020 at 01:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

Protesters gathered for a socially-distanced demonstration in Sunderland on Thursday, where they called on the UK government to extend the Brexit transition period. They hope this will facilitate the negotiation of a deal which would allow a local Nissan plant to remain in the area.

People were seen holding banners calling for the extension, while standing in front of the Nissan plant.

"So 7,000 people work at this plant alone but there're thousands of other jobs connected that would go as well in the supply chain so economically it would be a disaster," said Louise Brown, one of the protesters.

The demonstration was triggered but the news that Nissan's global chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta had said the company's "business will not be sustainable" if tariffs are imposed due to a possible disorderly Brexit.

The UK is now in a transition period after leaving the EU, which will last until December 31. The period can be extended to two more years, but it must be decided on by July 1.

UK: Protesters demand extension of Brexit transition period to save Nissan plant in Sunderland01:51
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Protesters gathered for a socially-distanced demonstration in Sunderland on Thursday, where they called on the UK government to extend the Brexit transition period. They hope this will facilitate the negotiation of a deal which would allow a local Nissan plant to remain in the area.

People were seen holding banners calling for the extension, while standing in front of the Nissan plant.

"So 7,000 people work at this plant alone but there're thousands of other jobs connected that would go as well in the supply chain so economically it would be a disaster," said Louise Brown, one of the protesters.

The demonstration was triggered but the news that Nissan's global chief operating officer Ashwani Gupta had said the company's "business will not be sustainable" if tariffs are imposed due to a possible disorderly Brexit.

The UK is now in a transition period after leaving the EU, which will last until December 31. The period can be extended to two more years, but it must be decided on by July 1.

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