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Nigel Farage demands UK government action against Chinese steel dumping
Date 15/02/2016 16:54  Author webmaster  Hits 1951  Language Global
Nigel Farage meets Steel workers at Brussels Demo of 5k marchers

UKIP Press Release

UKIP leader Nigel Farage today joined protestors from all across Europe in a march against Chinese steel dumping onto the European market which is pushing prices down and making thousands of European steel workers redundant.

Whilst on the march Nigel Farage commented:

"It is pathetic that the British government must go cap in hand to beg the European Commission to prevent dumping of Chinese steel which is causing huge job losses. In a nutshell, it encapsulates why we must have control of our own destiny and a government directly accountable to the British people rather than an unelected Commissioner in Brussels.

"What people are forgetting here is that steel is a strategic industry. This is something in a time of crisis we need and if we lose it we’ve actually lost something fundamentally important."

“Even if George Osborne was a British chancellor that wanted to stand up for the steel industry it wouldn’t matter because we are in a minority here. The problem is we are lobbying an unelected European Commission that no one can vote for and no one can sack.”


Transcript:

If we weren’t part of Europe, these protestors would all be in Westminster, and you know what, they’d have the support of the British people right behind them because what people are forgetting here is that steel is a strategic industry. This is something in a time of crisis we need and if we lose it we’ve actually lost something fundamentally important.

If Anna Soubry, the trade minister in this government, had the ability to stop the Chinese dumping on the British market I bet you there would be massive press, there would be a huge demonstration outside Westminster and there would be a lot of MPs very scared in their constituencies that if they didn’t put pressure on for this to happen they might lose their seats at the next election. It’s called democracy and it works but the problem is we are lobbying an unelected European Commission that no one can vote for and no one can sack.

George Osborne has not lifted a finger to help this industry, he has sidled up to the Chinese in a massive way, he’s given them an amazing deal on Hinckley point over the next 35 years; their investors must be very happy. But even if George Osborne was a British chancellor that wanted to stand up for the steel industry it wouldn’t matter because we are in a minority here.


Related: Tata Steel Europe CEO Karl Koehler to join 5,000 workers in Brussels to protest Chinese imports

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