Trump’s steel tariffs illegal, says Liam Fox

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New tariffs imposed by the united states on steel and the aluminium from the EU are “illegal”, the UK’s International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, has said.

The policy is effective as of Friday, the meaning of the whole import of the metals from the EU will have to pay an additional tax.

The president, Donald Trump declared that the movement would be to protect american national security.

Mr. Fox said the Prime Minister, Theresa may, would be to raise the issue at the meeting of the leaders of the G7 countries, next week.

On Friday, Mrs may said she was “disappointed” at the decision of the united states-which will see 25% of customs duty on European steel, and 10% of the European requirement of aluminium – and that the charges were “unjustified”.

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Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Dr Fox said that the UK has always been the search for exemptions from the tariffs.

“We’ll still make the case throughout this week,” he said.

He added: “The united States believes that, I think, wrongly and illegally, that it is a matter of national security for the united states.

“Given that we export some very complex steel products in the united States, which are part of their national security programmes themselves, this line of reasoning that is given is false and, therefore, we believe, illegal.”

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President Trump originally imposed the tariffs in March, claiming that if the united states remained dependent on imports of metals, it would threaten the national security of the country and damage its own metal industry.

At the outset, it has exempted Canada, Mexico and the EU compared to the rates in order to allow time for negotiations.

However, the exemption ended at midnight on Thursday, meaning that the new fees should be collected from Friday.

Dr. Fox traveled to Washington in March to request another waiver for the united KINGDOM, but in vain.

Earlier this week, he called the tariff proposals “disappointing” and “absurd”.”Trade of war”

Dr Fox’s comments follow those of the EU, the commissioner for trade, Cecilia Malmstrom, who has also called for the new tariff illegal and said the united states was playing a “dangerous game”.

The French President, Emmanuel Macron has supported the position, saying President of the trump the rights of customs were illegal on the phone.

But Dr Fox warned against a “tit-for-tat” escalation in the light of the EU for the fight against the measures, adding: “there can be no winner in a trade war, only the casualties.”

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