27 September 2017
DUP Party Leader Arlene Foster and East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson comment on the ruling by the US Department of Commerce
Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and First Minister of Northern Ireland
DUP Leader Rt Hon Arlene Foster MLA said, “This is a very disappointing determination, but it is not the end of the process and there are further steps that will follow. The CSeries is a hugely innovative aircraft that is vital to Bombardier’s operations in Belfast. It is this innovation that sets the CSeries apart and it is not in direct competition with Boeing.
It is important that representations continue between government and the administrations in Canada and the US as well as with the two companies. There has been recognition in London of how important the success of CSeries is to Northern Ireland and I would urge efforts from Ministers to continue.”
East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson said, “This is a very worrying time for the staff working at Bombardier and for the wider community in East Belfast. We are immensely proud however of the ingenuity and innovation of the workforce and this is something that has been recognised internationally.
As a party we reaffirm our commitment to work alongside government to secure a solution that protects the Bombardier plant and the jobs in Belfast.”