European Union Referendum

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Laker

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Have we tried? State aid rules could theoretically block us from doing so, but their track record suggests that it’s unlikely they’d do so. Without even mentioning that we were fundamental to blocking attempts to stop the flow of cheap Chinese steel into the EU in the first place. Sigh.
I imagine we didn’t try. A similar case of state funding of the steel industry in Belgium resulted in the Belgian government having to recoup over €200m euros from the industry after an EU court order in 2016.

The two main exceptions to state aid in industries are for defence purposes or where failure of an industry/company would create a “serious disturbance in the economy”, hence why the banks were bailed out in 08/09. Unfortunately the collapse of British Steel isn’t supported as another steel provider (probably China) will just pick up the slack - ie no impact to the wider economy.

I don’t know about your point about not stopping cheap steel coming in from China but it wouldn’t surprise me based on recent governments. But that doesn’t mean it should be literally impossible to provide state aid to save 24,000 jobs.
 

Laker

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Millions of EU citizens being denied their chance to vote today as well. Wonder which way they would have voted.

I also didn't receive my postal vote in Bratislava, guess which was I would have voted.

Same as last time with the referendum, thousands of Brits abroad didn't get their chance to vote.

What a disgrace of a government
I’m beginning to believe democracy is an ideal rather than a reality.
 

Modernist

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I imagine we didn’t try. A similar case of state funding of the steel industry in Belgium resulted in the Belgian government having to recoup over €200m euros from the industry after an EU court order in 2016.

The two main exceptions to state aid in industries are for defence purposes or where failure of an industry/company would create a “serious disturbance in the economy”, hence why the banks were bailed out in 08/09. Unfortunately the collapse of British Steel isn’t supported as another steel provider (probably China) will just pick up the slack - ie no impact to the wider economy.

I don’t know about your point about not stopping cheap steel coming in from China but it wouldn’t surprise me based on recent governments. But that doesn’t mean it should be literally impossible to provide state aid to save 24,000 jobs.
Hold on a sec I thought the referendum was all about democracy.
 

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