Trade Agreements: USA

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 31st October 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Co-National Campaign Coordinator

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2017 to Question 107255, on the UK-US Trade and Investment Working Group, what the implications of the difficulties experienced by Bombardier in trading with the US are for maintaining commercial continuity when the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Minister of State (Department for International Trade) (and Minister for London)

WTO rules provide that members can establish a trade remedies framework and undertake investigations into alleged dumping or subsidisation of imports. To operate an independent trade policy, we will need to put in place a trade remedies framework. As an important part of a rounded trade policy, after our exit from the EU, our trade remedies framework will protect domestic industry against unfair and injurious trade practices.

The US and UK are strong partners and allies. The US is the UK’s largest single trading partner and as such, our joint relationship is a crucial part of our economy and the US-UK economic relationship is crucially important.

The UK Government has maintained that Boeing’s complaint to the US Department of Commerce is unjustified, and we will continue to strongly defend our case.

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