Nissan to sue the campaign left to vote for the EU referendum flyer

Nissan to take legal action against the vote to leave the campaign after the logo of the Japanese carmaker was used on leaflets to voters back leaving the UK from the EU in Thursday’s referendum.

For one the leaflet the Nissan logo appeared alongside those of four other major companies, including Unilever and VAUXHALL, says: “large employers … all said they will stay in the UK regardless of the outcome of the referendum”.

Nissan, which wants Britain to remain in the EU, said on Monday that the results had the procedure to stop a vote to leave their own name and logo, and “prevent further false information and misrepresentations regarding Nissan”.

In February, Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s Chairman and chief Executive officer, said, “our preference as a business, of course, that the UK remains in Europe – it makes the most sense for jobs, trade and costs. For us, from the perspective of stability is more positive than the corpus.

“However, it is ultimately a question for the British to make a decision. Although we remain committed to our existing investment decisions, we will not speculate about the outcome or what will happen in any case.”




The vote to leave the battle-bus. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

Unilever has said it will not curtail its operations in the UK if Britain votes to leave the EU, but chief Executive officer Paul Polman, added: “I personally think it would be very good if Britain could stay.”

Legal action is the latest shame to leave for a vote after the UK statistics Watchdog publicly rebuked last month for continuing to assert that EU membership costs Britain 50 million pounds a day.

Sir Andrew Dilnot, chair of the UK statistics authority, said he was disappointed to lead the campaign leaving the UK continues to make that statement, adding that it was “misleading and undermines the credibility of official statistics”.

Over 50 million pounds a day, say, on the side of voting to leave the battle-bus.