Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Prime Minister May phones President Trump as Boeing dispute threatens Bombardier



Prime Minister Theresa May has phoned US President Donald Trump over a threat to jobs at Bombardier in Belfast from a trade dispute.

 
In 2016, Canadian firm Bombardier won an order to supply up to 125 C-Series passenger jets to US airline Delta.


The wings for the C-Series are made at Bombardier's Belfast plant.


However, rival aircraft firm Boeing has complained to the US authorities that the deal was unfairly subsidised by the Canadian state.


Boeing has also complained about a UK government loan made to the Bombardier plant in Belfast.
The US Department of Commerce is due to make a ruling later this month.


It could hit Bombardier with punitive tariffs.


Mrs May and her Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, would discuss the dispute at a meeting in Ottawa on 18 September, Reuters reported.Mrs May and her Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, would discuss the dispute at a meeting in Ottawa on 18 September, Reuters reported.