West Midlands MEP and UKIP's national Commonwealth Spokesman James Carver has today accused the Government of betraying British workers following news that Ministers had signed a multi-billion pound defence deal to use Swedish steel for armoured vehicles and ships.
Euro MP James Carver said the pro-EU Government had turned its back on the British steel industry which is to witness thousands of job losses as a result of the crippling cost of complying with European Union Climate Change legislation, green levies, high energy costs and cheap steel flooding the market from China.
Thousands of jobs have recently been axed in Redcar and around 1,700 jobs could go in the Black Country following news Caparo had gone into administration.
Despite this, and the embarrassment of the Government's Business Minister, Anna Soubry, stating 'buy British – you get what you pay for', a £3.8bn defence deal has been struck with Sweden to provide steel for armoured vehicles and ships.
UKIP West Midlands MEP James Carver, said: “Our own Government has betrayed the nation's steel industry through the signing of this deal. So much for Miss Soubry's statements on buying British.
“The crippling cost of EU legislation, the fact that cheap Chinese steel is being 'dumped' on the steel-saturated market and the fact that we cannot sign our own trade deals that to the EU, is bringing our steel industry to its knees.
“Only by leaving the cast iron grip of the EU can we freely trade with the world,” added Mr Carver.
Ministers agree £3.8billion defence deal to use steel from Sweden
The revelation came on the day Britain's Business Minister Anna Soubry told MPs that the Government should ignore prices when procuring for public projects involving steel.