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Jim Murphy MP, Labour’s Shadow Defence Secretary, in response to news of the collapse of talks between EADS and BAE, said: 

“Britain needs a defence industrial strategy now more than ever. 

“Now that the answer to the future of UK defence manufacturing cannot be found in France and Germany it must lie in Britain and other established markets. 

“Those Conservative MPs who were warning against the involvement of French and German governments must now demand a more active industrial strategy from the British government. 

“There will be huge worry and uncertainty about the future of defence jobs, thousands of which have already been lost. Ministers must urgently convene talks with industry to develop a fresh defence industrial plan to give certainty to companies and workers.”

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Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, said: 

“Ministers have abandoned the approach which Labour adopted in government which was designed to give certainty to prime contractors and supply chains. We need ministers to work strategically with the defence sector to support industrial capacity and secure employment. 

“For this to happen, the Government needs to adopt a proper defence industrial strategy, giving industry greater certainty over sovereign capabilities, ensuring programmes run to time and cost and professionalising procurement within the MOD.”

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