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“Unimpeded access to the EU market fundamental” says Hitachi, clarifying their position on UK’s EU referendum.

Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, welcomes comments from Hitachi Rail Europe, clarifying their position on the EU Referendum.


Director of Communications Paul Barker told the Newton News “Hitachi, like other multinationals, invested in the UK in order to access the whole of the EU market, and unimpeded access to the EU market is fundamental for our position in the UK. Whilst we recognise this is a decision for UK voters, from our overall business perspective, Hitachi hopes the referendum will result in a positive decision to remain in the EU.”

Hitachi opened their £82 million state of the art train factory in Newton Aycliffe in September last year, bringing over 700 jobs to the area.

Phil Wilson welcomed Mr Barker’s comments, saying “The decision whether we stay in the EU will define Britain for generations. The EU brings jobs and investment, particularly to the North East, so it is important we know where businesses stand.”

“I conducted a survey of businesses in Newton Aycliffe, NetPark, and Chilton, to learn what connections my constituency has with the EU. Overwhelmingly, 86% of businesses which took part favoured Britain staying in the EU. With 50% of businesses expressing concern over the potential impact on jobs withdrawal could have.”

“I welcome Hitachi’s view on the EU referendum. I want to see Sedgefield, the North East, and Britain thrive, for this we need the investment and jobs that companies like Hitachi brings.”

Hitachi’s comments were first made in a letter written to the Newton News, the full letter can be found here.

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