Thousands of Jobs at Risk as India’s Tata Steel Seeks British Exit

India’s Tata Steel wants to sell Britain’s biggest steelmaker, putting thousands of jobs at risk and forcing the government to seek a solution ahead of an EU referendum dominated by concerns about the economy.

After a lengthy board meeting in Mumbai, Tata Steel said it would end its almost decade-long venture in Britain – birthplace of the modern steel industry – and leave the country entirely.

Hit by falling prices, high costs and cheap Chinese competition, Tata said its financial performance in Britain had worsened sharply in recent months and it would exit as soon as it could.

The move could have an impact on Britain’s closely fought June 23 vote over whether to stay in the European Union. Britain’s anti-EU media have blamed Brussels for preventing London from taking greater steps to protect the industry, although supporters of membership say EU policy is not responsible for the industry’s plight.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.