Theresa May threatens United States with trade war over Bombardier row

Theresa May threatens United States with trade war over Bombardier row

There are fears that at least 4,000 jobs at Bombardier's Belfast base could be at risk. The government of Quebec has a $1 billion stake in Bombardiers CSeries jet.

The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday slapped preliminary anti-subsidy duties on Bombardier's CSeries jets after Boeing accused Canada of unfairly subsidizing the aircraft.

"These are highly skilled decent jobs that must be protected".

Boeing, the largest aerospace company in the world, accused its competitor Bombardier of dumping the CSeries aircraft in the US and says the plane is being subsidized unfairly by the government of Canada, a charge denied by Bombardier.

Sir Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, said that the action brought by Boeing against its Canadian competitor Bombardier jeopardised its relationship with the United Kingdom government.

Theresa May has said she is "bitterly disappointed" over the US Government's "affirmative preliminary determination" and that the United Kingdom would work with Bombardier to protect "vital" jobs. "It just doesn't work inside the free trade agreement", said the union executive. "It's high time she woke up".

"The Prime Minister herself spoke to President Trump when she was recently in America about this very issue because everyone realizes how important Bombardier is to Northern Ireland, and we will use our influence with the Government to make sure that that continues", she told Sky News.

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The Department is scheduled to announce its final determination in this investigation on December 12.

But Boeing's complaint follows a multibillion-dollar deal struck between Bombardier and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines for 75 C-series CS-100's, a commercial airplane that seats about 100 people.

The United States has imposed a 220 percent tariff on the Canadian aircraft maker after Boeing complained it was selling jets below cost on the U.S. market.

Bombardier could appeal any sanctions to a USA court or to a dispute-resolution panel created under NAFTA. "I'd say that the long-term partnership is being undermined by this behaviour by Boeing".

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross lectured Canadians after the preliminary ruling that "even our closest allies must play by the rules".

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which the Tories rely on to swing key votes in Parliament for the Government, is also keeping the pressure up.

"Given that monetary policy affects economic activity and inflation with a substantial lag, it would be imprudent to keep monetary policy on hold until inflation is back to 2%", she said. For years, the United States lumber industry had complained that because Canadian lumber is subsidized by the government, the imports make it hard for American companies to compete.