To­ries weak over Trump steel tar­iffs

Gov­ern­ment blasted for ‘in­ac­tion’

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY BEN GLAZE, Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor ben.glaze@mir­

THE To­ries have been ac­cused of “ut­ter complacency” over Don­ald Trump’s steel tar­iffs.

The US Pres­i­dent plans 25% levies on im­ports plus a 10% tar­iff on alu­minium.

In­ter­na­tional Trade Sec­re­tary Liam Fox is to­day ex­pected to plead in Wash­ing­ton for an ex­emp­tion for the UK.

Yet it would need to be awarded to the whole EU.

Labour for­mally pressed Gov­ern­ment three times when the US be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing im­ports last April. Gill Fur­niss, Shadow Steel Min­is­ter, said: “The Gov­ern­ment has been ut­terly com­pla­cent in con­fronting an is­sue it has been warned about al­most a year.” She tabled writ­ten Com­mons ques­tions in June, July and Oc­to­ber about the probe’s im­pli­ca­tions for the UK. Each time a ju­nior min­is­ter replied steel was reg­u­larly dis­cussed with the US, and Trade Min­is­ter Greg Hands said it was “in­ap­pro­pri­ate to spec­u­late” on the probe. But Ms Fur­niss said: “Now we are see­ing the real con­se­quences of Gov­ern­ment in­ac­tion.”

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