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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:48 am on 25th July 2019.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Public Health) 11:48 am, 25th July 2019

This morning’s announcement of 12,500 job losses at Nissan worldwide is really worrying, although at this stage there is no indication that any of these job losses are going to be at the Sunderland plant in my constituency. But it does highlight the fragile nature of the automotive industry. This really should refocus our minds, therefore, on the existential threat that a no-deal Brexit would be to the automotive industry in the UK. Will the Prime Minister today rule out a no-deal Brexit and commit to an active, innovation-led industrial strategy that will protect our industrial towns and cities?