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Tesla announcement of plans to build "Gigafactory" in Germany rather than UK demolishes Johnson's Brexit fantasy

November 16, 2019 12:05 AM
Originally published by Newcastle upon Tyne Liberal Democrats

Cllr Ali Avaei - KashmirAli Avaei, Liberal Democrats candidate for Newcastle Central, reacted to today's news that Tesla will be investing in a new factory in Germany and not the UK due to Brexit uncertainty. He commented:

"On Boris Johnson's first day in Downing Street, his close advisor and author of his Brexit strategy Dominic Cummings was pictured wearing a T- shirt picturing a company founded by Elon Musk. Now the very entrepreneur Cummings idolises has chosen not to invest in the UK because of the extreme Brexit being pursued by this government.

"Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is giving a speech at an electric car factory the very same day that we find out this industry, which of course includes Nissan in Washington, is being damaged by his Brexit plans.

"You really couldn't make it up. This completely demolishes the Johnson and Cummings Brexit fantasy and shows their deluded plans are already costing the country vital investment and making us all poorer.

"The best way to stop this Brexit nightmare is to kick Johnson and Cummings out of Number 10 and build a brighter future by voting for the Liberal Democrats everywhere on December 12."

Speaking to Auto Express at the Golden Steering Wheel Awards in Berlin, Elon Musk has said Brexit uncertainty made it "too risky" to site one of the carmaker's Gigafactory manufacturing plants in the UK.

On Boris Johnson's first day in Downing Street, Dominic Cummings was pictured wearing a T-shirt advertising OpenAI, a company founded by Elon Musk.