UKIP Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has said the emergency meeting in Brussels today "whiffs of desperation as the government begs its masters to let it save the UK steel industry."
The Euro MP, whose constituency includes Scunthorpe and Rotherham where Tata steel has laid off thousands of workers, said it was "nauseating that a British minister has to plead its case with Eurocrats when the finger of blame for making the UK steel industry to uncompetitive hovered in the direction of Brussels."
"Green levies pushing up energy prices have made our steel production more costly than in other countries which at a time of low prices thanks to a glut of Chinese steel is a death knell to the industry," she said.
"And if course we have given up our seat on the WTO and signed up to EU control of the single market meaning we can't make a strong case or unilateral decisions on the status of China as a market economy.
"Meanwhile people in my region are to lose their livelihoods at the alter of environmentalism despite NASA evidence showing the polar ice caps growing as the government happily implements EU legislation which is putting the industry section of UK PLC out of business.
"And across the Channel, Germany and Italy are busy burning tonnes of coal making a mockery of our emissions targets."