Secretary of State Commons Statement on US Section 232 Steel Tariffs

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Following a meeting with UK Steel, International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox made a statement in the House of Commons today detailing the government's response to tariffs imposed on steel and aluminium imports by the US government, and its ongoing support for industry. He said, "We are deeply disappointed that the United States has taken this unjustified decision, particularly on grounds of national security. We share a strong defence and security cooperation relationship. These unilateral trade measures have weak foundations indeed in international law and they are not consistent with the US Department of Defense's own judgement in an investigation that was conducted on the basis of national security."

In response, UK Steel issued a press release saying, "Secretary of State, Dr Liam Fox, has today shown that he stands with the UK steel sector in condemning the 'unjustified' US steel tariffs, supporting a strong and swift EU response, and using our close relationship with the US to exert influence where possible.”

Download the full press release here.

 

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