David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

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Following today’s Foreign Affairs Council on Trade, David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland and International Trade Spokesperson for the Socialists and Democrats, said:

“This further setback in reforming the EU’s trade defence instruments will have serious consequences on the lives of thousands of working people and their families. Whilst other countries seem ready for a compromise, due to British stubbornness over the Lesser Duty rule these critical measures have again been delayed and diluted, further threatening EU industry and those that depend on it.

Only yesterday the Chancellor of the Exchequer was saying that Chinese dumping of steel was still a problem. But it appears they are happy to say one thing in public whilst doing the opposite when cloaked by the privacy of the EU Council chamber. At best this is a sign of government disunity and incompetence, at worst it is a wilful deception of the British people.

Mrs. May doesn’t seem to have learned anything from Brexit or Trump’s victory this week. Whether it is the Mid-West rust belt or Britain’s deindustrialised cities and regions, ordinary voters are angry that they’ve been left behind whilst a minority prospers. For the British manufacturing sector to survive and grow again we must guarantee them a level playing field and protect them from unfair competition.”

This follows Wednesday’s proposal by the Commission to amend the 2016 anti-dumping regulation in light of developments in the WTO related to China’s accession protocol. On this subject, Mr Martin said:

“European trade unions were out in force during Wednesday’s demonstrations, alongside steel and other manufacturing companies. On this issue, workers and their employers are united: this new proposal does not address the real and urgent concerns related to overcapacity and dumping.

EU industry needs an anti-dumping methodology which properly reflects the levels of state interference and subsidies in the Chinese economy.”

 

UK manufacturing sector needs a level playing field and protection from unfair competition

Following today’s Foreign Affairs Council on Trade, David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland and International Trade Spokesperson for the Socialists and Democrats, said:

Following the decision by the American people to elect Donald J. Trump as their next President, David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland and International Trade Spokesperson for the Socialists and Democrats group in the European Parliament, said:

 

“Following Trump’s victory, the EU now has to take the lead on the global trade agenda, creating progressive rules and combatting protectionism.

If President Trump follows through on his promises on trade, such as a 45% tariff on all imports from China, this could start a global trade war with disastrous consequences. Given his proposed 35% tariff on Mexican products entering the USA, it also not surprising that the Peso is dropping like a stone.

Now more than ever, the world needs an EU approach to trade - one that can bring down barriers whilst benefitting a wide range of citizens and promoting our shared values.”

Now more than ever, the world needs an EU approach to trade

Following the decision by the American people to elect Donald J. Trump as their next President, David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland and International Trade Spokesperson for the Socialists and...

Following a publication from the European Commission Communication on the need to reform the EU trade defence instruments (TDIs), today the heads of governments meeting in Brussels acknowledged that unfair trade practices need to be tackled better.

However, the UK remains at the head of a blocking group of member states which opposes important aspects of the package, including reform of the ‘lesser duty rule’.

David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland and International Trade Spokesperson for the Socialist and Democrats group in the European Parliament, said:

“The evidence from UK Steel and other industry representatives shows that the outlook for British manufacturing remains bleak.

It is a hard truth that many of our former industrial communities voted to leave the EU because they thought that successive governments had abandoned them. Yet the Tories seem to think that the Brexit mandate allows them to turbo-charge the destruction of Britain’s manufacturing sector, piling more misery onto these same voters.

Once out of the EU, Britain should of course push strong trading relationships with the rest of the world. However, this cooperation must be based on a level playing field. Unfortunately, the UK government’s continuing obstruction of trade defence reform at EU level is a betrayal of this principle of fairness and a betrayal of British workers.”

The UK must stop blocking crucial EU trade defence reform

Following a publication from the European Commission Communication on the need to reform the EU trade defence instruments (TDIs), today the heads of governments meeting in Brussels acknowledged that unfair...


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