This afternoon during Prime Minister’s Questions Stoke-on-Trent South MP Rob Flello called on Theresa May to give assurances to the ceramics industry that it will maintain free access to the Single Market and a level playing field on international trade after the UK leaves the European Union. The EU is an important market for the industry, which also benefits from special EU measures aimed at curbing dumped Chinese tableware and ceramic tiles.
British Ceramic Confederation Chief Executive, Dr Laura Cohen welcomed Mr Flello’s PMQ:
“We are grateful to Rob Flello MP for raising this important issue with the Prime Minister.
Half of UK ceramic sector exports are sold in the European Union, currently with tariff and paperwork-free access.
The EU has introduced anti-dumping duties to ensure more of a level playing field for UK ceramics tiles and tableware manufacturers in the face of protectionist Chinese dumping. These companies employ 6,000 people between them plus extra in their UK supply chain.
We need UK Government to work with us urgently to develop a way forward that supports these UK manufacturing businesses after we leave the EU. It is disappointing that the Prime Minister did not offer that commitment in her reply to Rob Flello’s question. ”
Notes to editors
The British Ceramic Confederation is the trade association for the UK ceramic manufacturing industry, representing the common and collective interests of all sectors of the industry. Its member companies cover the full spectrum of ceramic manufacture, including the supply of materials, and comprise over 90% of the industry’s manufacturing capacity.
For further information please contact:
Dr Laura Cohen, Chief Executive, Tel: +44 (0)1782 572845 Mobile : +44 (0)7827 358613