Government plans to slash tariffs to zero on key sectors such as steel in the event of a no deal Brexit would be an act of economic vandalism, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite said today (Wednesday 13 March).

Commenting, Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Steve Turner said: “Theresa May and her government need to stop the economic vandalism which is threatening jobs and livelihoods by properly taking a no deal Brexit off the table and securing tariff free frictionless trade with Europe.

“The UK’s steel industry has been pushed to the brink because of the dumping of cheap Chinese steel, while our tyre industry is fighting for survival in the face of inferior alternatives flooding the market from overseas.

“Reducing tariffs to zero on the majority of imports, including steel, in the event of a no deal Brexit would destroy jobs and leave UK manufacturers competing with both hands tied behind their backs.

“MPs must oppose this reckless move on tariffs that imperils manufacturing communities across the UK and force the government to properly take no deal off the table.”


For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.