Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, calls on the government to act over the escalating rhetoric around President Trump's proposal to impose tariffs of 25% on steel imports from the UK, said:
"President Trump has made clear his appetite for a trade war. It started with Bombardier, and has now moved on to steel and aluminium. We are seeing a real threat to thousands of British jobs linked to UK exports to the US. On top of that there is a risk that other steel exporting countries try to reroute their surplus capacity from the US into the UK.
“We need strong government action now, including at a multilateral level through the WTO, before entire sectors of UK industry are left wondering who’s next.”