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Cameron says "no guarantees of success" in steel crisis

Cameron says "no guarantees of success" in steel crisis
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The British government is doing everything it can to solve the crisis posed by Tata Steel's plans to leave the UK, but nationalisation is not the right answer, says the Prime Minister.


Tata Steel’s plans to sell its U.K. operations, including the country’s biggest steel plant in Port Talbot, South Wales, are causing a political storm.

Amid falling global steel prices, the Indian company’s move puts some 15,000 jobs at risk in the country. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his Easter break on Thursday to hold an emergency meeting on the topic.

“We’re going to work very hard with the company to do everything we can, but it is a difficult situation, there can be no guarantees of success because of the problems that the steel industry faces worldwide,” Cameron said.

“We’re not ruling anything out, (but) I don’t believe nationalisation is the right answer.”

Today I have met with ministers to discuss the future of Port Talbot.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 31, 2016

Workers and their families face a worrying time, and our priority is to help those likely to be affected.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 31, 2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also cut short his break to head to Port Talbot. A petition he launched urging the government to recall MPs to tackle the crisis has passed 100,000 signatures.

Thank you to the 100k who signed the petition we launched yesterday a signature every second

— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) 31 mars 2016

“If we don’t intervene to protect this steel works and protect the other steel works, we will have no steel industry in Britain,” Corbain said during his visit.

Critics say the government failed to protect the British steel industry from cheap Chinese imports, which have more than doubled in two years. Brexit supporters also say EU rules on state aid limit the options Britain can take to save its plants.

In Paris for G20 talks on uncertainty in global economy. Discussing risks to monetary system – and I have also raised vital issue of steel

— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) March 31, 2016

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