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Boeing says committed to United Kingdom, listened to concerns over N Ireland jobs

27 September 2017

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The Bombardier situation is quite a crucial one because these are United Kingdom jobs that we depend on, thousands, and actually the Government were involved in that contract process and were robust". The prime minister had previously lobbied President Donald Trump after US aircraft maker Boeing alleged that Bombardier used unfair government subsidies to sell planes at artificially low prices.

The US Commerce Department on Tuesday ruled in favour of US aircraft maker Boeing, which alleged that Bombardier used unfair government subsidies to sell aircraft at artificially low prices.

Such a decision would nonetheless strengthen Boeing's hand, and put immediate pressure on the federal government to make good on its threat to walk away from the Super Hornets.

Boeing has significant defence contracts with us and still expects to win further contracts.

"I think the government needs to get past the way it's framing Boeing as not being a trusted partner", said Perry.

The Bombardier-Boeing trade dispute is now threatening to affect the trade relations between London and Washington.

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Bombardier Inc. is facing one of its biggest crises in years after a punitive ruling from the us threatened to make the Canadian manufacturer's key CSeries jet all but unsellable and its train operations were left isolated by a deal between European rivals.

"As the Prime Minister has made clear, we will continue to defend United Kingdom interests and work with Bombardier to protect vital jobs and livelihoods among the 4,200 skilled workers and their families in Belfast and across Northern Ireland".

An ultimate decision to impose tariffs could also have ripples in Northern Ireland, where Bombardier employs about 4,000 people.

"Global trade works only if everyone plays by the rules that we've all endorsed to ensure fair competition, as adjudicated by independent national and worldwide bodies", Boeing said.

Meanwhile, Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill is writing letters, the SDLP calls for unity with Sinead Bradley pointing out that "the final ruling will not be heard until February next year".

The British Government has urged both sides to negotiate a deal. "They are as pointless as they are seen by most as merely political posturing".

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Given the importance of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to May's own position as prime minister, mass job losses at the Belfast factory would be particularly sensitive.

But he tempered his optimism by noting that it could take a long time to resolve the case, which Leitao said could hurt Bombardier - and which is why Quebec will continue to support the company.

"This ruling is extremely disappointing and unsettling for Northern Ireland's aerospace industry".

"To protect jobs and our economy, we need to stay in the single market and customs union to preserve trade with our largest market - the EU".

But, he added the possibility of such a large penalty on U.S. sales of the CSeries will hang over Bombardier shares even though they won't be levied until Bombardier makes its first delivery of a CSeries planes - scheduled to be purchased next year by Delta under a 2016 agreement.

However, London's options in fighting Bombardier's corner may be limited because of the importance of Boeing to its defence industry.

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Unions said this could now potentially be jeopardised. The company began construction of a new facility in Sheffield just last week. Boeing is pushing for an 80 per cent penalty, which some analysts have pegged at around $15 million per plane.

Boeing says committed to United Kingdom, listened to concerns over N Ireland jobs