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Siemens Says It's Committed To York

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7:38am 28th November 2013
(Updated 7:45am 28th November 2013)

Siemens says it's committed to York after two MEPs raised fears jobs could be lost if Britain left the EU.

Lib Dems Edward McMillan Scott and Rebecca Taylor claim jobs would be in "serious jeopardy" if we left the organisation.

Yorkshire & Humber Liberal Democrat MEP Rebecca Taylor said:

"The message from business is loud and clear, it’s in Europe in work."

“Thousands of jobs in Yorkshire & Humber are created each year by foreign-owned companies who see Britain as a launch-pad into the world’s largest single market. Our EU membership is the starting point after which we have to show ourselves to be a better business destination than other EU countries.

"If we did what UKIP and many Tories want and pulled out of the EU altogether, we would fall at the first hurdle when it comes to attracting this kind of investment and that puts current and future jobs at risk."

Yorkshire & Humber Liberal Democrat MEP Edward McMillan-Scott said:

"Siemens already employ people at plants in Sheffield and York, and plan to build a massive new manufacturing plant on the Humber Estuary that could bring 10,000 new jobs to the region. They have given the clearest warning yet that investment and jobs would be put in serious jeopardy if Britain leaves the EU"

"As the party of IN, the Liberal Democrats want to encourage such investment in our region, whereas the careless talk of UKIP and many Tories is creating an uncertain and hostile environment that may well persuade would-be investors to go elsewhere.”

Siemens told Minster FM while it's managing director did say it would be tough to invest in the UK, it was committed to York.

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