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May in Japan: time to come clean on Nissan

August 29, 2017 5:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Brexit spokesperson Tom Brake said:

"Liberal Democrats put in a Freedom of Information request for the letter Nissan sent to the government containing information on the offer by ministers of a sweetheart deal. Whole chunks had been blacked out, but I think we all know what the government's offer had contained: a blanked out blank cheque.

"Because of the government's shambolic Brexit negotiations, no doubt this won't be the only blank cheque given to multinational companies to stop them departing the UK.

"But the public deserve to know exactly what assurances the Conservative government has given Nissan, and whether these assurances have been given to other car manufacturers, or any other of the thousands of businesses across the country that will be hit by an extreme Brexit.

"The government could still choose to stay in the single market and customs union - then it wouldn't need to offer companies dodgy, under-the-counter deals."