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BUT SPAIN DIDN’T LEAVE THE EU

By Pete Moore On May 28th, 2020

This is  not what the experts predicted.

Nissan’s UK factory in Sunderland will stay open as the Japanese carmaker carries out a global restructuring amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The carmaker also announced it will close its factory in Barcelona with the loss of about 2,800 jobs, prompting protests at the Spanish plant.

Hundreds of workers gathered as burning tyres blockaded the site which Nissan said would close from December.

We had to dig all the way to the begrudging BBC’s Europe pages for that news. I recall that the scare stories were rather higher up the menu. Barcelona shuts down, the Catalan commies are burning tyres, Sunderland is strengthened as the heart of Nissan’s European operation.

Despite Brexit.

19 Responses to “BUT SPAIN DIDN’T LEAVE THE EU”

  1. Nissan are banking on a 2 year extension to the Dec 31st Deadline !

  2. “We had to dig all the way to the begrudging BBC’s Europe pages for that news.”

    Nope it is right there on the business page.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/business

  3. It said that it would focus on Japan, North America & China and leave a wider space in Europe for it’s allaiance partners in Mitibushi & Remault. If I were Spain I’d do a Trump and slap import tariffs on Nissan exports to Spain.

  4. But, but, but..

    It was not supposed to be like this?

    If I were Spain I’d do a Trump and slap import tariffs on Nissan exports to Spain.

    I think Spain is in enough trouble as it is.

  5. If I were Spain I’d do a Trump and slap import tariffs on Nissan exports to Spain.

    It can’t. Being a subject province of the EU, Spain does not set its own tariffs. Ah well.

  6. Like Pete, I never thought that Brexit would cause a major loss of manufacturing jobs from the UK.

    All Global manufacturers of course would have preferred that the UK stay in.

    But even outside of the EU, The UK is a big market, And the huge flows of trade will continue in all directions

    And recent events Have reminded us that borders and border controls are really useful

  7. And recent events Have reminded us that borders and border controls are really useful

    That particular genie is now well out of that bottle, and personally I believe the Brussels commission, when they are not concentrating on their gravy train, will do very well to put that genie back in that bottle.

    The game is up.

  8. They are protesting in Barcelona, not Sunderland.

    Maybe the Spanish state could offer Nissan state aid to have a rethink and save 3000 much needed jobs?

    Or maybe not.

    It’s against the “rules”

  9. There will be more auto plant closings.

    Especially when the electric vehicles really become commonplace.

  10. The game is up.

    Which game is that?

    It’s against the “rules”

    I don’t think it is.

  11. I don’t think it is.

    Really?

  12. Yes, really.

  13. Sigh..

    😌

  14. No need to sigh H. I’m only answering the question you asked.

  15. Paul

    I think we can agree, it’s great news for Sunderland, great news for the U.K. yeah?

    Not so great news for Spain.

  16. It’s good news for the workers in Sunderland but bad news for the workers in Barcelona, of course it is.

    I don’t see what that obvious observation has to do with the price of butter though.

  17. The EU does not “allow” member states of supporting private companies.

    The last time I looked Nissan was a private company.

    It’s the ‘rules’..see.

    Dissent from the rules will not be tolerated..

    Unless it’s France or Germany of course.

    Paul, I will give you this much slack, at least you know your masters.

    Us British, no thanks, they are not ours any longer.

  18. The EU does not “allow” member states of supporting private companies.

    The last time I looked Nissan was a private company.

    It’s the ‘rules’..see.

    Of course it’s not:

    The Government provides various incentives for investors, such as grants, tax benefits, professional training, preferential access to credit, etc.[…]

    Employment aid (Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs), special government grants, credits.
    In parallel to the government aids, each of the 17 autonomous communities have their own system of incentives. The investors must approach the regional authorities of the place of establishment to benefit from these aids as well as the community aids (especially for the depressed areas).

    https://santandertrade.com/en/portal/establish-overseas/spain/foreign-investment#aid

    http://www.investinspain.org/invest/en/resources/documentation/doing-business-in-spain/DOC2018794441.html

    I know for a fact that Volkswagen get a hefty subvention from both Madrid and the Navarran Government for building the Polo in Pamplona.

    Once again you show your low information prejudices on EU matters H.

  19. #despite Brexit.