THE PRESS OFFICE OF
The Lord Stoddart of Swindon (Independent Labour)
1st October 2015
Redcar steelworks closure emphasises impotence of the Government and strengthens case for leaving the EU
Commenting on the closure of the Redcar Steelworks, the independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has highlighted the impotence of the Government in the face of strict EU rules on state aid and that being unable to help the steelworkers, who face losing their jobs, strengthens the case for leaving the EU.
Lord Stoddart said: “The Government openly admits that EU rules on state aid for industry constrains their ability to provide financial support for the Redcar steel plant, to prevent its closure. This is yet another example of EU membership leading to loss of jobs for British workers and further loss of manufacturing industry. This must, surely, bolster support for leaving the EU, even among those in the Labour Party and some trade unions, who believe that the United Kingdom should remain in the EU, come what may.
“Sadly, it is a long established principle that our democratically elected Government must wade through a sea of EU red tape and go cap in hand to Brussels to beg for permission to help our own industries, from unelected bureaucrats at the European Commission. Once again, it is quite clear who really governs Britain.”
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