A leaked government document has revealed the steel industry has been classified as a 'low priority' industry in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.
Responding to the news, Anna said:
“The Government’s classification of steel as a ‘low priority’ in the Brexit negotiations is outrageous and proves yet again that ministers do not appreciate the crucial role the sector plays as a foundation industry for British manufacturing.
“UK steel is already at a disadvantage with many of our European competitors due to issues around energy costs and business rates. The UK Government has also continued to frustrate EU efforts for tougher action against Chinese dumping.
“As our Steel 2020 report set out, the industry needs the government to act in a number of key areas to save it from crisis. It cannot be side-lined once again and I will continue to work with the industry and my colleagues in Parliament to make sure the Government listen.”