Trade unions have responded to the Leave vote in the EU Referendum by calling on the government to make good on its promises to UK steel suppliers during the campaign.
Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of the Community trade union and chair of the National Trade Union Steel Coordinating Committee, wrote to the business secretary Sajid Javid on June 27th to request a meeting to discuss the conditions currently facing the UK steel sector.
He said: “Senior Leave campaigners like Michael Gove said that leaving the EU would help save steelmaking. It is important that the entire UK government now gets behind steelworkers and helps secure the future of their industry.”
Steel stockholders in Yorkshire are likely to be paying particularly close attention to how the Brexit vote unfolds, as Sheffield only narrowly voted for Leave at 51% and Leeds voted a narrow 50.3% majority for Remain.
Across Yorkshire and the Humber as a whole, the vote came in at 57.7% in favour of Leave – much higher than the national average of 51.9%.
Sentiment to Remain was strongest in Gibraltar, Scotland, London and other English cities, while Wales surprised analysts by leaning towards Leave, and the Northern Ireland vote – officially reported as a single figure – was divided with more votes for Leave away from the border with the Republic of Ireland.
The full impact of Brexit on UK steel stockholders will not become apparent until after Article 50 is triggered and negotiations to leave the EU are well underway – and of course things will continue to change for long after that.
But whichever way you voted, now is a great time to support British steel by buying from steel stockholders in Yorkshire, or across the Pennines in the north-west – including supporting steel stockholders in Manchester, where some areas returned a majority Remain vote.