Nissan has echoed Toyota in issuing a statement to express a ‘preference’ for the UK to remain in the EU and stressed that stability is more positive than a ‘collection of unknowns’.

Nissan said that while the referendum on EU membership is ultimately a matter for the British people to decide, the company believed it “made the most sense for jobs, trade and costs for the UK to stay within Europe”.

Last year Nissan produced more than 475,000 vehicles in the UK – 80% of which are exported.

In remarks attributed to Carlos Ghosn the statement said Nissan remained committed to existing investment decisions. “While we remain committed to our existing investment decisions, we will not speculate on the outcome nor what would happen in either scenario,” Ghosn said.

He added: “We obviously want the Nissan UK plant and engineering centre to remain as competitive as possible when compared with other global entities, and each future investment opportunity will be taken on a case by case basis, just as it is now.”