Remainers warn Bombardier tariff is sign of impending Brexit nightmare

Decision due from US on Bombardier trade dispute

The Bombardier-Boeing spat is roiling trade relations just as the USA tries to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

He added: "Boeing stand to gain a lot of British defence spending".

"And this kind of behaviour clearly could jeopardise our future relationship with Boeing".

Manufacturing Northern Ireland, an industry group, said the row was an ominous sign of the difficulties Britain could face after leaving the EU.

But today's ruling does give Boeing momentum as the dispute drags on, and more leverage in any future talks between the Trudeau government and Boeing to reach a negotiated settlement.

A Government spokeswoman said: As the Prime Minister said last week, we will continue to strongly defend United Kingdom interests in support of Bombardier at the very highest level because an adverse outcome risks jobs and livelihoods among the 4,100 skilled workers in Belfast.

Tuesday's ruling was a stunning turn in the dispute, as Boeing had been asking for an 80 per cent duty.

Thousands more work in the supply chain.

"It's about Boeing's fears of competition from a superior product designed, engineered and built in Canada".

"This does not bode well for the UK's plan to be a leader in global free trade nor indeed ambitions of a free trade agreement with the European Union which can not match the benefit we now enjoy as part of the EU's Single Market".

The aerospace spat is roiling trade relations just as the USA tries to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico.

"I understand why the prime minister did what he did", he said.

"We will continue to work closely with the Canadian government to encourage all parties to reach a credible resolution as quickly as possible".

Prime Minister Theresa May, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, and Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster on Wednesday all criticised the United State's decision to place a big tariff on imports of Bombardier jets, putting at least a thousand Northern Irish jobs at risk. Trudeau has said the Canadian government won't buy Boeing military jets unless the company drops its case against Bombardier.

She pledged to "defend Canadian companies and Canadian workers against unfair and costly protectionism". May has a key alliance with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to support her minority government in Parliament.

While Bombardier branded the decision "absurd", unions have accused Mrs May of being "asleep at the wheel".

Trump has put nationalist trade policies at the center of his agenda, opting to pull out of the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement days after taking office, and threatening to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Although the jets have yet to be imported, an April 2016 press release announcing the Delta-Bombardier deal valued the contract in excess of $5 billion.

"The subsidisation of goods by foreign governments is something that the Trump Administration takes very seriously, and we will continue to evaluate and verify the accuracy of this preliminary determination".

Mr Fallon was in Belfast to unveil a new warship is to be named after the city.

The premier said that "Boeing will regret this" and that "the American economy and American workers will suffer as a result of the ruling".

But Boeing has refused to back down, saying the case has long-term implications for its business. May recently appealed to the Trump administration to wade into this discussion, but to no avail.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner called on the Government to protect the jobs involved.

'The C-Series is a hugely innovative aircraft that is vital to Bombardier's operations in Belfast.

"This is just a preliminary decision, so this will be a risk overhang on the program for some time", said Chris Higgins, an analyst at Morningstar.

"This isn't a commercial matter, as it's been characterised - this is an attack on innovation and competitiveness", she said.

"When we get to the end of this determination, we feel that the ITC will see that we are in the right here".

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