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Bombardier: UK's May fires warning to Boeing

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 01:38

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that Boeing is undermining its relationship with Britain by its behaviour in a dispute with Canadian rival Bombardier. As David Pollard reports, the U.S. planemaker's action has put 4,200 jobs at risk in Northern Ireland.

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Small plane - at least as jetliners go - but big turbulence .... Bombardier's row with Boeing continues to make for a bumpy ride. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY, SAYING: "We have a long term partnership with Boeing in various aspects of government and this is not the sort of behaviour we expect form a long-term partner and it undermines that partnership." As that partner, Boeing says it tripled its UK spending to over two billion pounds between 2011 and 2016 - and is still committed to the UK. Theresa May's words are being seen as a warning shot. Though some say she should go further. Four thousand Bombardier jobs in Northern Ireland in danger if the US goes ahead with punitive tariffs against the Canadian jet maker. SOUNDBITE (English) UNITE THE UNION REGIONAL COORDINATING OFFICER, DAVY THOMPSON, SAYING: "There's some four billion worth of orders with Boeing in terms of military contracts and really the British government should be saying quite clearly, if you're going to attack jobs in Northern Ireland, then we'll be reviewing these contracts that we have with you." But with one more round of Brexit talks now breaking up - with no real move towards a UK/EU deal - Britain is acutely aware it doesn't need a trade war with the US. SOUNDBITE (English) CHIEF ECONOMIST, WORLD FIRST, JEREMY COOK, SAYING: "It's pretty nasty at the moment. It will get nastier depending on how well Boeing's able to elucidate the argument that it was unfairly treated by these Bombardier sales within the U.S. economy. This is the first step but it's also the first step down a road that Donald Trump's been talking about for a long long time, making trade more antagonistic." The danger there of a row that could escalate .... and with no sign yet of an emergency exit.

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Bombardier: UK's May fires warning to Boeing

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 01:38