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British manufacturers call for more political support

August 2018

Britain’s world-leading manufacturing sectors are warning they need genuine free trade to prevent economic disaster in the wake of American steel and aluminium tariffs.  The Manufacturing Trade Remedies Alliance, made up of 12 national trade associations and unions, is calling on politicians to act to secure this vital part of the economy.  The MTRA believes that the risk of a trade war could jeopardise manufacturing industries, and MTRA member companies and unions are asking Government to support the manufacturing businesses that face becoming ‘collateral damage’ in the wake of Trump’s protectionism.

Jude Brimble, Manufacturing National Secretary for GMB trade union, said: "British Ministers need to work with trade unions, employers and the EU to ensure an effective response to the steel and aluminium tariffs, whilst ensuring manufacturing jobs in other sectors are not negatively impacted by counter measures"

Tony Burke, Assistant General Secretary at Unite the Union, said: “When the UK leaves the EU we will need to be able to respond to dumping of goods such as steel, ceramics, paper etc, and unilateral tariffs as we have seen recently imposed by Donald Trump. As it is, the Government has proposed an extra layer of bureaucracy for ‘safeguards’ which will cause delay just when a rapid and robust response is needed.”

Laura Cohen, Chief Executive of the British Ceramic Confederation and Chair of the Manufacturing Trade Remedies Alliance, said: “This is just one area where the UK’s proposed trade remedies system falls short of, and is much weaker than the current EU system. It is really important Government heeds this wakeup call and makes changes to the Customs Bill to ensure that our future trade remedies system is strong enough to make Brexit a success for UK manufacturers.”

More at: www.ceramfed.co.uk

 

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