Donald Tump’s Section 232 tariffs have severely hit UK steel companies’ exports to the US.
I reminded Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Trade, that any UK-US trade deal must exempt the UK from Section 232 tariffs, or else the government must walk away from the negotiating table.
She agreed, now the UK government must keep its word.
Stephen Kinnock: The Secretary of State mentioned Nissan; of course, there is an intrinsic link from Nissan to UK steel, which is intrinsically linked into the talks with the United States. Will she guarantee that President Trump’s completely unrealistic and unreasonable section 232 tariffs on UK steel will be removed from the trade negotiations with the United States as a precondition for those negotiations to proceed?
Elizabeth Truss: We are in active negotiations with the United States, and one of the things I have been very clear about is that we need to see those unfair section 232 tariffs on our steel removed.