Brexit: Nissan to take legal action against ‘Vote Leave’ for logo use

The firm's logo appeared with the message "Major employers ... have all said they'll stay in the UK whatever the result of the referendum."

By: Reuters | London | Updated: June 20, 2016 7:10 pm
m_id_405037_nissan759 Nissan’s logo was used in a Vote Leave leaflet stating that the carmakers were supporters of Brexit. The company later stated that it would actually prefer Britain to stay in the EU. File Photo/Agencies.

Nissan said it would take legal action against the official campaign for Britain to leave the European Union after the group used the Japanese carmaker’s logo in leaflets calling for voters to back Brexit on June 23.

On one “Vote Leave” flyer, the firm’s logo appeared next to those of four other major companies including Unilever and fellow carmaker Vauxhall with the message: “Major employers … have all said they’ll stay in the UK whatever the result of the referendum.”

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Nissan, which says it would prefer Britain to remain in the EU, said it would be issuing legal proceedings on Monday in Britain’s High Court to stop ‘Vote Leave’ from using its name and logo and to “prevent them making any further false statements and misrepresentations concerning Nissan.”

Vote Leave did not comment immediately when contacted by Reuters.

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