The truth about Nissan in the UK

Graham Charles Lear
4 min readFeb 3, 2019


Remain MPs are up in arms blaming Brexit for the demise of Nissan in the UK. Remain MPs like Anna Soubry are quickly pointing the finger at Brexit and blaming people who voted leave for Nissan cutting back in making cars in the UK.

If Remainers are saying that Nissan is laying off workers because of Brexit they are outright liars and here is the proof that they are liars.

Just a simple Google search will reveal that it's not Brexit that is the reason but a far simpler reason brought on by the EU its self and MPs in the UK such as Sourbry.

Just one word is the reason


Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European Commissioner for industrial policy in May 2018 said this.

diesel cars “the technology of the past”, and has predicted that they will “completely disappear” in the near future.

It was, in fact, the VW emissions scandal that has seen Europe fall out of favor with the Diesel car

The emissions cheating scandal broke on 18 September 2015, when Volkswagen was found to be using a ‘defeat device’ on some of its diesel engines that could detect when they were undergoing a laboratory test and switch to an engine management program that minimized NOx emissions.

So what has this to do with Nisan? Well to put it in simple terms Nissan makes Diesel cars for not just the UK but for all of Europe

As this explains

Fresh questions over the security of hundreds of jobs at Nissan’s Sunderland plant will be raised after the Japanese car maker reportedly made plans to stop selling diesel cars in Europe.

The carmaker will not put diesel engines in future models of its car as it adapts to a sharp decline in diesel vehicle sales, reports from Japan have indicated.

Nissan already revealed last month that it would lay off employees at the UK’s largest car-making plant, but it was understood that the job cuts would affect less than 10pc of the 7,000-strong workforce.

Around a quarter of the Sunderland plant’s output is diesel-powered cars. The plans to stop selling such vehicles in Europe altogether could put even more of the jobs at the factory in the North East of England under pressure.

Nissan is to lay off hundreds of workers from its car plant in Sunderland, as it shifts production away from diesel vehicles amid a sharp fall in sales.

The plant employs 7,000 workers and is the UK’s biggest carmaker, producing 500,000 vehicles a year, including the Juke, Qashqai and electric Leaf models, of which roughly a quarter are diesel.

The Daily Telegraph understands that less than 10pc of the workers at the site will be affected, with sources saying the figure was a lot lower than 700. However, Nissan declined to give an exact figure.

Nisson is not the only car manufacturer to make this decision

Jaguar Land Rover is doing the same

Jaguar Land Rover has become the latest large carmaker to say it will stop launching new models solely powered by internal combustion engines.

In other words not only are Jaguar Land Rover not going to make Diesel cars they have also chosen not to make Petrol cars as well. In fact, there are plans afoot to Britain to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

In fact, the Scottish government said it would phase out the need for petrol and diesel cars by 2032.

As you are now seeing its the doing of their beloved EU who do not want anyone in the EU driving cars that are Diesel driven. The EU’s 2030 CO2 targets are pushing manufacturers towards plug-in hybrid and electric cars.

To give you some idea how Europe now hates the diesel cars. Hamburg has becomes the first German city to ban older diesel cars. The ban will affect about 214,000 cars, more than two-thirds of the diesel vehicles registered in Germany’s second-largest city.

It won't be long before many more European cities will do the same. Now, this is a big problem for car manufacturers and the ones who buy diesel cars. Who in their right mind would buy a car that is going to be banned in cities and towns across the length of Europe? I know I would not and I suspect neither would anyone reading this. In fact only in January this year I traded in my two-year-old diesel car for a petrol car. There were two deciding factors in the trade in. One was the fact that the deal at the moment was good ( it won't be this time next year) and the price of the diesel. It's around 11/12p a litre dearer than petrol in my area.

Deals are good at the moment but they won't be once we see Government or councils banning diesel cars from the roads.

To be quite honest its not just in Europe that Nissan is seeing challenging car manufacturing condition. Perhaps because we are preoccupied with Brexit ad the Remain lies that are being told we have missed the news that Nissan is also cutting jobs in Mexico



Graham Charles Lear

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.