Furious workers and their families slammed the government, saying ministers should hang their heads in shame, for not intervening to save British Steel as the manufacturer today collapsed. The government cited EU rules that make a bailout illegal as they refused the firm a bailout loan. Up to 4,000 jobs in Scunthorpe (left), North Lincolnshire, 800 in Teesside and 20,000 in the UK supply chain are at risk (top-right, workers leaving the site, telling reporters they ‘used’ to be employed). It is illegal under EU law for members to offer state aid to companies in case it reduces competition (inset, the decline in UK steel manufacturing over the years). Communities affected by the collapse said it ‘will crucify Scunthorpe’ as calls for nationalisation combined with demands the UK leaves the EU immediately.

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