Jobs could’ve been saved

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It didn’t take long for the ‘in-sider Little Englanders’ to link the bad news that there are 21,000 more people out of work now than six months ago to uncertainties over the referendum and the possible consequences of Brexit.

There I was naively thinking it had something to do with the closure of steel works around the country during the winter and collateral damage to shops and other businesses due to lack of trade from those unlucky enough to have had their jobs taken from them by EU regulations, which effectively prevented our government from stopping the closures.

Many of these jobs could have been saved by Brexit because the EU Energy Directive adds about 40 per cent to bills.

Brexit will bring more British orders to steel plants because EU procurement regulations mean foreign steel is more likely to be used in any given project, state aid is illegal because of EU rules and we can do nothing about the dumping of cheap Chinese steel while our hands are tied by EU red tape.

I am not saying all jobs could have been saved by Brexit but the chances are that many of them could have been.

Terry Palmer

South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley S74