Wednesday 30 June 2021 / 8:30 PM Emily Thornberry / Steel

Emily Thornberry responds to the Government’s u-turn on the removal of key safeguards against cheap steel imports and announcement of a review of the Trade Remedies Framework

Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary, responding to the Government’s u-turn on the removal of key safeguards against cheap steel imports, and their announcement of a review of the Trade Remedies Framework, said:

“This is a hugely welcome u-turn from the Government, which will undo the large majority of the damage that would have resulted had they persisted with their planned removal of these safeguards.

“More than anything, this is a hard-won victory for Britain’s steel communities, and their Labour representatives in Parliament, who fought so hard against the Government’s plans over the last month, and successfully forced their last-minute reversal this evening.

“We also welcome the Government’s belated acceptance of Labour’s calls to review the workings of the Trade Remedies Authority, which must be urgently reformed before any more of Britain’s businesses face the anguish and uncertainty that the British steel industry has faced in recent weeks.”