Commenting on news that the government has classified the steel industry as a ‘low’ priority industry in the upcoming Brexit negotiations Labour Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel, Tom Blenkinsop, said:
“The steel industry can thrive in the United Kingdom given the right market environment but this document suggests that the government are not willing to work to provide this.
“The dumping of cheap Chinese steel is a huge worldwide problem for the steel industry and we need to work with other steel producing nations to remain competitive in a saturated market. The last thing that British steel industry needs is an import tariff on their goods.
“I will be seeking assurances that the British steel industry will not be an afterthought in the upcoming negotiations from the government’s Brexit Secretary when Parliament returns from recess.”