David Martin MEP

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

David Martin MEP urges swift EU action to defend jobs in British steel industry

Following Tata Steel's announcement that it will sell its UK steel business, David Martin, Scottish MEP and spokesperson for trade for the Social and Democratic (S&D) Group in the European Parliament demanded stronger measures to protect European industry from unfair competition.

"The sale or closure of Tata Steel's operations in UK endangers thousands of skilled jobs in Port Talbot and across many other sites. These areas are which can ill afford such losses and will have a devastating impact on local communities.

The dumping of vast amounts of Chinese steel at rock bottom prices is having a disastrous effect on the EU steel industry. Europe must not be a soft touch. It should not be afraid to use the all the tools at its disposal to protect European industries against dumping and other harmful trade practices.

The S&D group have made it clear that the Council of Ministers must stop dragging its heels on the modernisation of trade defence measures. Jobs and livelihoods depend on EU action being quicker and more effective. But this can only happen if every member state government gets on board."

For more information on the S&D group's position on China please see my blog here

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