Nigel Farage's tweet about voting for Brexit to save the steel industry hasn't aged well

Greg Evans
Wednesday 22 May 2019 15:00
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On Wednesday, it was announced that British Steel had been put into compulsory liquidation, effectively putting 4,000 jobs at risk, as well as threatening 20,000 others in the company's supply chain.

This came after talks had reportedly broken down between the government and the company's private equity owners Greybull Capital. Business secretary Greg Clark said that they had worked 'tirelessly' to provide financial support but that there were no remaining options left.

The collapse of British Steel is already being hailed as one of the first major casualties of Brexit with insolvency experts warning that it could cause a 'tsunami effect' that could result in taxpayers footing the bill.

Pro-EU commentators will say that this could have been avoided if the government didn't decide to go through with Brexit but around three years ago one of the countries chief Brexiteers, Nigel Farage believed that leaving the EU would be the saviour of British Steel.

That is a real tweet that the current Brexit Party leader posted on April 2, 2016 and given today's news about British Steel, people aren't going to let him forget about his ill-judged prediction.

To make matters worse it has since emerged that Farage, who is an MEP, didn't bother to turn up when the European Parliament voted on the 'protection against steel dumping from third countries' in November.

Richard Tice of the Brexit Party has since put out a video about British Steel and the Farage tweet has begun to crop up there too.

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