Tata Steel, the biggest steelmaker in Britain, will axe 1,050 jobs in the country, Sky News reported on Sunday, on top of the 1,170 cuts it announced last year due to low steel prices. The steelmaker said in October it would cut 900 jobs in Scunthorpe in Northern England and 270 in Scotland. On Sunday, Sky News reported the firm would cut 750 jobs at its Port Talbot plant in Wales and 300 at other British sites.
East Midlands UKIP MEP and the party's Small Business Spokesman Margot Parker said: "This is awful news for the industry and for those workers up and down the country who now face redundancy and an uncertain future. The Government needs to step in and take action on the flood of imported steel into this country.
"This is just another step on the path of de-industrialisation in the UK due to un-competitive energy prices driven by draconian EU environmental controls. This has a knock-on effect on businesses of all sizes as many of them are in the supply chain and are hit hard by these job losses."
Fellow UKIP MEP for the East Midlands Roger Helmer, who is the party's Energy Spokesman, said: "Energy costs are a major factor in driving the closure of heavy industry in the UK and these are as a direct result of EU and UK policies.
"Ministers have said they have done all they can to help the steel industry - this is simply not true as the carbon floor price policies are an extra burden imposed by own Government.
"The Government has been unable to take measures against China dumping cheap steel on the global market because it is constrained by the terms of our EU membership."