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The UK’s membership of the EU is essential to accelerating growth in the UK car industry in the North East, Angela Eagle MP will argue today (Wednesday 8 June). Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills will highlight new analysis which shows that a car rolls off a UK production line bound for Europe every 36 seconds. 

The EU is the biggest free market in the world, allowing the UK’s world-leading manufacturers to export cars tariff-free. Almost half (44 per cent) of all the cars made in the UK last year were exported to the EU. Last year we exported more cars to Europe than ever before, and demand is growing fast, rising by 11 per cent last year.

Leaving the EU would risk access to the single market. Tariffs on car exports would undermine the car industry, threatening jobs and investment locally.

That’s why the UK’s car industry and trade unions representing the workforce are in favour of the UK remaining in the EU. A recent survey of employers in the car industry found that three in four (77 per cent) thought that remaining in Europe was best for their business.
The car industry is crucial for the North East. 13,600 people work in the car industry in the region, making up one in eight manufacturing jobs. They produce 500,000 cars a year, adding billions of pounds to the economy. The North East alone exported £3.0 billion worth of road vehicles to the EU in 2014.

Angela Eagle MP said:

“The car industry is absolutely vital for the North East’s economy, providing thousands of high-pay, high-skilled jobs.

“The EU is good for business and good for working people too. Nowhere is this more evident than in our world-beating car industry. Staying in the EU can help us build on this success. But leaving would put this all at risk.

“The EU is vital for jobs, for investment and for workers’ rights. That’s why Labour is campaigning hard to remain.”

EU membership vital for accelerating growth in UK car industry in the North East

The UK’s membership of the EU is essential to accelerating growth in the UK car industry in the North East, Angela Eagle MP will argue today (Wednesday 8 June). Labour’s...

Responding to the article by the Chairman of Hitachi warning about the consequences of a vote to leave the EU, Phil Wilson MP for Sedgefield and regional campaign co-ordinator of Labour in for Britain campaign said:

“The words of the Hitachi chairman, Mr Nakanishi, should come as a warning to those promoting the Leave campaign. Hitachi has made the biggest private sector investment in the North East since Nissan. The train building factory is in my constituency because of the brilliant local workforce and because the UK is the gateway to Europe. It would be a tragedy if the UK votes to leave the EU and put all the investment at risk.

“The leave campaigners are not acting in the best interest of the North East economy. What they are promoting is economic madness. I, and others, worked long and hard to ensure Hitachi came to the North East. I want to see the company stay for the long-term and expand creating more jobs, skills and prosperity. That can only happen if we remain part of the EU.”

The words of the Hitachi chairman should come as a warning to those promoting the Leave campaign

Responding to the article by the Chairman of Hitachi warning about the consequences of a vote to leave the EU, Phil Wilson MP for Sedgefield and regional campaign co-ordinator of...

Alan Johnson MP, the Chair of Labour In For Britain, hopped on board the battlebus this week as it toured the Tees Valley. Starting off at Hitachi Rail Europe's new £80m train production facility in Newton Aycliffe before heading off to campaign stops in Stockton and Middlesbrough. Alan ended his day at the Materials Process Institute in Redcar to hear how important access to the European Union is to their business. 

We caught up with Alan at the end of his day on the bus...

 

 

 

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Alan Johnson on the Labour IN battlebus

Alan Johnson MP, the Chair of Labour In For Britain, hopped on board the battlebus this week as it toured the Tees Valley. Starting off at Hitachi Rail Europe's new...

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