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UK to drop US goods tariffs announcement

It’s intriguing that just hours before the UK and the EU meet to discuss Brexit in Brussels that the UK has tabled a willingness to break ranks with the EU and the £3 billion of tariffs imposed on American products, says Simon Gleeson.

The UK are making it very clear to the Americans that they wish to drop the tariffs imposed on the United States as soon as they can and come to a trading arrangement as soon as possible.

This is a clear sign of the potential power of being able to trade independently. It will be interesting to see how the steel tariffs, imposed by President Trump, will be addressed in a reciprocal manner. UK steel employs 32,000 people directly, with a further 52,300 in the supply chain, contributing over £2 billion to the UK economy in 2017.

British Steel exports to the US plummeted 20% since the tariffs were imposed. The economic headwinds of 2020 have put greater pressure on US customers to source in-country, with the US experiencing a steel boom of late. The US ranked 4th in the world in 2019 producing 87.9m metric tons, with the UK ranked 23rd at 7.2m.

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