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Does Britain still need a steel industry?

If Tata's plants close, the UK will be the first G-7 member not to operate a blast furnace

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LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES: The UK will lose the capability to make its own railways, weapon systems and nuclear reactors if its steel production ends, says Keith Burnett, vice-chancellor at the University of Sheffield.

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THE UK once made nearly half the world's steel. Soon it may produce almost none.

Tata Steel Ltd plans to sell its UK business which includes the country's last blast furnace sites in Scunthorpe and Port Talbot. Used to turn iron ore into steel, these plants are the focus of

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