Wednesday 9 December 2020 / 5:37 PM Emily Thornberry / International Trade

Emily Thornberry responds to government decision to suspend retaliatory tariffs against US in Boeing-Airbus dispute

Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow International Trade Secretary, responding to the government’s decision to suspend retaliatory tariffs against the US in the Boeing-Airbus dispute, said:

“Whatever long-term hopes of a US trade deal may lie behind this announcement, and whatever the truth about the legal advice the government has received, the immediate facts and consequences are clear.

“Liz Truss is unilaterally capitulating in a dispute caused in part by unlawful US subsidies, even while those subsidies are – in the words of her own statement – continuing to cause significant harm to Airbus, a vital business and employer for our country.

“She is doing so with no apparent guarantees that the harm being done to Airbus will come to an end any time soon, and with no public assurances from Washington that punitive US tariffs on Scotch whisky and other UK exports will be removed in response.

“We are therefore left to hope against all prior evidence that the government knows what it is doing, because on the surface of this announcement, Liz Truss is leaving Airbus, the Scotch Whisky industry, and their thousands of employees totally undefended in this dispute, while receiving absolutely nothing from the US in return.”