No help for steel industry from the EU

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UKIP’s MEP, Jane Collins, blasted the European Parliament for ignoring its part in the decline of the British steel industry saying: “As usual, the EU has decided to ignore the legislation they created that steel producers say is responsible for UK steel being uncompetitive on the global market.”

Her comments came after a debate in the European Parliament on the need for anti-steel ‘dumping’ measures and their effects on the EU steel industry, which have caused devastating job losses at steel works in Scunthorpe and Rotherham.

Speaking from Strasbourg, where she took part in the debate she said: “The EU failed to mention the high costs of energy brought about by the Emissions Trading Scheme and the Combustions Directive, two pieces of EU legislation that steel producers have named as having a major impact on their business.”

The EU also decided not to address the clauses in the Lisbon Treaty, which forbid the UK government from helping steelworkers without permission of the Commission in Brussels.

Of course our MPs can plead understanding with those who have lost their livelihoods but anyone that supports the EU is supporting legislation which has cost our steelworkers their jobs.

Terry Palmer

South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74