UK Secretary of State for Defense Sir Michael Fallon has warned Boeing that a trade dispute with Bombardier that has threatened jobs in Northern Ireland could “jeopardise our future relationship” with the US company.
Fallon’s comments came as UK Prime Minister Theresa May described herself as “bitterly disappointed” by a ruling that had the US Department of Commerce (DoC) impose an interim duty of 220% on Bombardier’s C-series passenger aircraft in the US market.
The case was sparked by a multibillion dollar agreement in April 2016 under which Bombardier was to sell 125 CS100 aircraft to US airline Delta.
Boeing brought the case alleging that funding received by Canadian Bombardier from the Quebec regional government amounted to unfair, anti-competitive state support that allowed Bombardier to sell the aircraft to Delta at a greatly reduced price.
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