May Asks Trump to Step in Over Boeing and Bombardier Dispute

Theresa May asks Donald Trump to intervene in trade dispute over Northern Irish jobs after pressure from the DUP

Theresa May asks Donald Trump to intervene in trade dispute over Northern Irish jobs after pressure from the DUP

In 2016, Canadian firm Bombardier won an order to supply up to 125 CSeries passenger jets to U.S. airline Delta.

Bombardier is Northern Ireland's largest manufacturing employer and May's governing Conservatives depend on the support of a small Northern Irish party for their majority in parliament.

Around 4,500 workers who make wings at the facility are under threat and it is understood DUP leader Arlene Foster leant on the PM over the issue.

The success of Mrs Foster is pushing Mrs May to raise trade issues with the President will alarm critics already anxious about the influence of the socially conservative Northern Irish party.

"Boeing is pursuing unfair and aggressive trade action against the Canadian aerospace sector", Trudeau said September 5 while alleging that the company receives "billions [of dollars] in support from the US federal, state and municipal governments".

Boeing has launched a potentially damaging trade challenge action against Bombardier, alleging it is dumping its new C-Series passenger jets on the US market.

Boeing has accused Bombardier of selling its CSeries passenger liners to USA -based Delta Airlines at an unfairly low price with help from government subsidies in Canada.

Boeing also alleges Bombardier engaged in "price dumping" by agreeing to sell 75 of their planes for almost £10.6m ($14m) below their cost price.

If the US Department of Commerce, which is due to make a ruling later this month, hits Bombardier with punitive tariffs, it could make it hard for the manfucturer to find new US customers for its new CSeries.

The British government said in a statement that Britain's priority is to encourage Boeing to drop the case in favor of a negotiated settlement.

Business Secretary Greg Clark also recently travelled to Boeing's base in Chicago to discuss the potential impact of the dispute and Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has been involved in negotiations.

"Boeing's petition is an unfounded assault on airlines, the traveling public and further innovation in aerospace", a Bombardier spokesman said.

A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: 'This is a commercial matter but the United Kingdom government is working tirelessly to safeguard Bombardier's operations and its highly skilled workers in Belfast.

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