Gove 'willing to sacrifice UK manufacturing on the altar of a no deal Brexit’

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10 Oct 2019
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The country’s two leading manufacturing unions today [Thursday 10 October 2019] accused Michael Gove of being willing to sacrifice UK manufacturing jobs and communities on the ‘altar of a no deal Brexit’.

It follows a meeting with representatives from the GMB and Unite trade unions and the cabinet minister responsible for Brexit, in which Michael Gove gave ‘zero’ assurances that ministers are working to safeguard manufacturing jobs and communities as part of the government’s Brexit strategy. 

The unions, which between them represent up to 750,000 manufacturing workers across the country, said that they were ‘absolutely staggered’ by the lack of concern shown for the communities by the minister during their meeting. 


Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary for Manufacturing, said: 

“GMB members told Mr Gove his government’s zero tariffs plan would devastate the ceramics, steel and whisky industries - leaving whole communities like Stoke-on-Trent as nothing more than museum towns.

“Mr Gove seemed to completely miss the point that no matter how well prepared business tries to be, the damage a no deal Brexit will cause is likely to be huge.

“You can’t manage costly delays at ports when you’re operating complex, just-in-time manufacturing, you cannot make plans for perishable ingredients stuck for hours on the back of a lorry.

“We told Mr Gove the political choice to force through a damaging no deal seems more important than negotiating a good Brexit that delivers for working people and our manufacturing communities.

“We told him that our members don't think the government is even listening - it’s up to him to prove that’s wrong.”


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