Following the EU Commission’s announcement that it has extended the length of its steel safeguards investigation, UK Steel Director General, Gareth Stace said:
"Whilst it is right that the EU Commission takes sufficient time to ensure the correct safeguard measures are ultimately put in place, for steel producers in the UK this extension will cause major concern. With the introduction of definitive measures now pushed back until February 1st, just 8 weeks before Brexit, the UK Government can no longer prevaricate on what to do on this critical issue in the case of no-deal.
Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, and Chair of the National Trade Union Steel Coordinating Committee, said:
"As British steelworkers brace themselves for a disastrous no-deal Brexit, this announcement raises fresh concerns about whether the Government is adequately prepared to protect our industry when we leave the EU.
Full joint press release is available below.