ONE of Scotland’s top legal minds has dismissed the Scottish Government’s claim that they have to walk away from supporting state-owned renewables manufacturer Burntisland Fabrication (BiFab) because of state aid rules. Unions are taking part in emergency meeting on Thursday with economy secretary Fiona Hyslop and Canadian owners DF Barnes to try and prevent the company’s collapse. The moves comes after the Herald on Sunday revealed that ministers stand to lose up to £52.4m of taxpayers money after refusing to carry on backing BiFab which is now believed to be on the brink of financial collapse. Ministers last year signed off on what was a secret £30m guarantee to support BiFab last year before doing a U-turn after the failure of an important contract, leaving fears that the company faces liquidation. It is understood ministers decided to do a U-turn after new legal advice felt that providing key support for the ailing company at the centre of a wind farm jobs row would be seen as illegal state aid under European Union regulations.
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