Supermarkets’ Bumper Brexit Bonuses for British Truck Drivers

Aldi is the latest supermarket to offer their British truck drivers a huge Brexit bonus – boosting them upto £18.41 an hour. The move comes after the supply dried up-post Brexit. What was that about free movement of people not suppressing wages?

HGV drivers who were earning £350 per week in January are now reportedly on course to take home up to £800. Tesco has started offering drivers a £1,000 bonus fee if they join the firm before 30 September and Morrisons is developing schemes to train staff to become drivers. While the total number of drivers remains an issue, Guido can’t imagine domestic recruitment would remain an issue given these new bumper salaries. Naturally the Road Haulage Association has told the Times only the government can solve any remaining bumps in the road…

NB:  A previous version of this article mistakenly suggested lorry drivers were being offered £800 per day rather than per week.

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Nissan’s Damascene Conversion to Brexit

Co-conspirators will no doubt remember the warnings delivered by the Remain campaign in 2016, that Brexit would threaten the Nissan Sunderland plant. As far back as 2013, before he became a fugitive from justice, Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn was warning the UK over a possible EU exit. After the referendum in August 2016, Nissan warned their future in the UK hinged on Brexit talks. Unequivocal…

It wasn’t just Nissan: Remainer commentators continued using Nissan as a poster boy for the threat of Brexit throughout the negotiations. In February 2019 The Independent’s Sean O’Grady opinedNissan’s U-turn is the beginning of the end for Britain’s revived car industry”, citing another Independent article suggesting the Japanese firm “may cancel intention to build vehicle in UK less than two months before Britain leaves EU”. Alastair Campbell was equally strong-headed:

Who better to perform a screeching u-turn on Brexit than a car manufacturer…

Nissan’s chief executive, Ashwani Gupta, is now out on the airwaves describing Brexit as an “opportunity” as he confirms a massive new investment into their Sunderland plant:

“I have gone through this journey and I would say that key success factor for the Brexit has always been a trade friendly business conditions to sustain our business, not only in UK, but in the whole of Europe. And thanks to the Brexit, I think Nissan is going moving forward to use Brexit as an opportunity.”

In his words, today’s announcement is a “renaissance of the British car industry”. Surely congratulations from the likes of Campbell will be forthcoming…

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WATCH: Ben Bradshaw Still in Denial as Nissan Announces New GigaFactory

Despite Nissan’s announcement that it plans to build a massive battery ‘gigafactory’ in Sunderland by 2024, it looks like Labour’s Ben Bradshaw still can’t see the bright side of the Brexit deal. Even when it delivers a huge investment boost and creates thousands of jobs, it’s all still a ‘despite Brexit’ kind of pyrrhic victory for Ben…

Asked on Politics Live whether the announcement is a benefit of the deal, Bradshaw said:

“No, and I don’t think all of its implications and impacts have been felt yet, because we’ve been living in the last 16 months in a world dominated by Covid, and I think lots of the impacts have been concealed by that…constituents who come to me who say we’ve just given up trying to import or export stuff between us and the European Union because of the costs, the hassle, the VAT, and everything else…”

As his co-panelist Ben Bradley points out, however, non-EU exports are up, and investment continues to flood into the UK at the highest levels since the referendum. Guido doubts it’ll make much of a difference to Bradshaw though, who has been miserable for the last 5 years…

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Goldman Sachs Opening New Birmingham Office #DespiteBrexit

Remember all those predictions that the City of London would see an exodus of the likes of Goldman Sachs after Brexit? Well Goldman Sachs has announced that it is moving hundreds of jobs out of London – to a new office in Birmingham by the end of the year, creating “several hundred” new jobs in what will be the company’s biggest UK office outside London. Speaking today, chief executive of Goldman Sachs International Richard Gnodde said:

“Establishing a new office in Birmingham will diversify our UK footprint and give us access to a broad and deep talent pool in the local area. We see tremendous opportunity to enhance our UK presence and continue delivering for our global clients.”

Despite wild scaremongering from Remainers, Brexit still hasn’t produced the job losses in the financial services sector as they’d so eagerly predicted. The UK’s new tech boom isn’t likely to change that any time soon… 

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Thousands of Jobs to Be Created at Former Honda Plant #DespiteBrexit

Thousands of jobs are set to be created at a car manufacturing plant in Swindon, after US firm Panattoni announced today it would buy the 370-acre site from Honda in a deal worth £700 million. Another big win this month for British industry #DespiteBrexit…

Back in 2019, Honda announced plans to close the facility as industry-wide sales slumped in the wake of electric competition. A move which gloating Remainers were keen to pin on Brexit, despite Honda’s own insistence that the decision was unrelated to the EU…

Speaking on today’s announcement, Panattoni’s UK director Jason Smith said:

“The re-development of this strategic employment site will deliver thousands of new opportunities in roles which underpin the operation of the local and regional economy.”

Previously revelling Remainers curiously quiet on this one… 

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Ford to Continue Building Engines in Dagenham

Today, Ford announced it will manufacture the diesel engines for its new line of Transit Custom vans at the famous factory in Dagenham in preparation for the vehicle’s launch in 2023. The move is projected to guarantee up to 1,900 local jobs…

The engines will then be exported to Turkey (also outside of the EU) as part of a 2020 trade agreement signed between Turkey and the UK; a deal which Ford described as “extremely significant” for its global business. In fact, Ford and its Turkish partnerships account for more than 10% of the total trade volume between the two nations…

The move will be a huge boost to British workers, with International Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena, describing it as “great news for Ford and its 7,500 workers across the United Kingdom“. Meanwhile in Europe, five other factories remain closed…
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