UKIP’s Science spokesman, Dr Julia Reid MEP, has welcomed billionaire inventor and prominent Brexit campaigner, Sir James Dyson’s plans for a new multimillion-pound research and development centre in the South West of England.

Dyson’s plans are part of a move to significantly expand the company and double its current workforce to around 7000 over the next five years.

Consumer electrical giant Dyson will begin work on their second technology campus at the 517-acre former MOD site in Hullavington, North of Chippenham in Wiltshire, which is near its Malmesbury headquarters. Work on the new Dyson campus is expected to begin in May.

In addition to this, Dyson plan on investing £250 million on expanding its 56-acre HQ in Malmesbury, also in the South-West.

Dr Julia Reid MEP hailed the plans as a “vote of confidence in the South-West’s economy” and said this was “excellent news”, especially as it vindicates her stance that “UK research would be unaffected by BREXIT”, which she expressed on a number of occasions throughout the EU referendum.

Dr Julia Reid MEP said: “Throughout the entirety the EU referendum, the Remain campaign claimed that Brexit would cripple British Science & Technology, well I think today’s news has put yet another nail in the coffin of project fear.”

Although Dyson has not disclosed how much will be invested in the Hullavington site, the group have pledged to invest £2.5 billion into future technologies and currently spends £7 million a week on research and development.