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A Bombardier C-series jet, part of the Delta airline fleet.

The US Government has decided to slap a huge, 219 per cent tariff on imports into that country of a new aeroplane made by Northern Ireland-based company Bombardier, in a protectionist move that seems intended to give notice to the UK that our aerospace industry will be ruined by Brexit.

It would more than triple the cost of a C-Series aircraft sold in the US to about $61 million per plane, based on Boeing’s assertion that US airline Delta, which has bought the planes, received them for $19 million each.

The US Department of Commerce agreed with Boeing’s case that Bombardier had received unfair, anti-competitive state support from the Quebec regional government.

Bombardier, which has also received £113m in repayable funding from the UK government, called the decision “absurd and divorced from the reality about the financing of multibillion-dollar aircraft programmes”.

It seems the company is right. Here’s Chris Kendall on Twitter to explain:

What do you think? And what does this mean for the Conservative Party’s deal with the Northern Irish DUP?


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