10 October 2017
East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson has welcomed the statement from Business Secretary Greg Clark to the House of Commons today on the Boeing/Bombardier trade dispute. He called on the Government to step up efforts alongside Canada to safeguard and make clear the consequences for Boeing should there not be a resolution of the dispute.
Speaking after the statement Mr Robinson said, “It was both unprecedented and significant that during the statement today there were Ministers from across the Cabinet on the front bench. To have such a range of Ministers including the Northern Ireland Secretary and Foreign Secretary all present in the House demonstrates the level of political support given to a trade dispute impacting upon Northern Ireland.
It is important that the government has also registered its disappointment not just with the tarrifs imposed, but by some of the words emanating from the United States. I have made clear my bitter disappointment at comments from US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, not least because the impact on Bombardier is not limited to Canada and Northern Ireland. A significant portion of the supply chain for the CSeries is located in the US and there are thousands of American jobs supported by it.
It is vital that our Government now does step up efforts, alongside the Canadian administration as we move towards the next stage in this process in February. Similarly it is important that the workers both in Belfast and in Canada know that there are meaningful and genuine consequences in store should there not be an adequate resolution to this case.”