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The government’s rash assurances to Nissan

How can the business secretary make any promises about Brexit?

By Christian Wolmar  

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So Brexit may not quite mean Brexit. Nothing else explains the deal the government has offered to Nissan to keep it investing in Sunderland. The city bizarrely voted for Brexit even though it is dependent on the Japanese car company and the export market for thousands of jobs. A decision by Nissan to produce its new models elsewhere would have created an instant crisis for the government.

Under pressure from the media and the opposition, Greg Clark, the…

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