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

Could anything demonstrate the UK’s diminishing influence on the international stage – entirely due to the Conservative government – than the US tariff on Bombardier planes?

This Site reported when the US government slapped its original 220 per cent tariff on Bombardier, in a move that seemed intended to serve notice on the UK that leaving the EU will destroy our aerospace industry altogether.

It seems Theresa May’s government has been in touch with the States about it – and what happened?

The new tariff has been a gift for the Labour Party. Here‘s Owen Smith, Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, making the obvious points:

“While Theresa May worries about press coverage of the phony P45 she was handed this week, more than 4,000 Bombardier workers in Belfast are worried that they’ll receive a real one unless her Government brings Boeing and its allies at the US Commerce Department to the negotiating table.

“Given that the UK Government is Boeing’s second biggest client – we spend over £1.5 billion with them every year – it is inconceivable that ministers have not been able to negotiate a better deal.

“The Government must tell the public what pressure it has really placed on Boeing and on the US Administration. Without any evidence of concrete action, concerns will grow that UK ministers have naively accepted Boeing’s assurances about the safety of jobs in Belfast or worse, have negligently accepted Bombardier job losses as ‘collateral damage’ in their post-Brexit strategy.”

The US Department of Commerce has again ruled against aerospace firm Bombardier in its dispute with rival Boeing.

A further tariff of 80% has been imposed on the import of Bombardier’s C-Series jet to the US for alleged below-cost selling.

This is on top of an earlier tariff of 220% which related to subsidies Bombardier got from Canada and the UK.

There have been warnings that the import tariffs could threaten Bombardier jobs in Belfast.

About 1,000 jobs are linked to the C-Series, the wings of which are made at a purpose-built £520m factory in the city.

Source: Further tariff of 80% imposed on import of C-Series plane – BBC News


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