Brexit victory: Trump to remove trade tariffs on UK – as France and Germany foot the bill

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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced the new trade tariffs as part of an ongoing dispute with Airbus, a European corporation. Greece will also benefit from the move.

Mr Lighthizer said it would modify its list of $7.5 billion (£5.7billion) of affected European products to remove certain goods from Greece and Britain, with more of the burden being felt by Germany and France instead.

The US trade representative confirmed yesterday the Trump administration would maintain 15 percent tariffs on Airbus aircraft and 25 percent tariffs on other European goods.

The tariff hikes were first introduced last October following a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling on state aid.

Europe and the US have been locked in a bitter trade battle over the matter for 16-years, but the two sides still appear to be unable to reach an agreement.

The US raised border taxes on goods last year as it said the EU had not done enough to ensure it is compliant with WTO rules.

The high tariffs covered a range of goods, such as food, wine and spirits.

It particularly hit French wine, Italian cheese and single-malt Scotch whisky, as well as cookies, salami, yoghurt, olives from France, EU-produced pork sausage and German coffee.

Mr Lighthizer reiterated the US’ position yesterday and accused the EU of not taking the actions necessary to meet its obligations.

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He said: ”The EU and member states have not taken the actions necessary to come into compliance with WTO decisions.

“The United States, however, is committed to obtaining a long-term resolution to this dispute.”

Even though the US is set to remove tariffs on some British goods, damaging tariffs on Scotch Whisky remain.

In response, Trade Secretary Liz Truss has pledged a renewed effort to remove the tariffs.

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She said: “These tariffs damage industry and livelihoods on both sides of the Atlantic and are in nobody’s interests, she said in a statement.

“I am therefore stepping up talks with the US to remove them as soon as possible.”

The Scotch Whisky Association warned jobs were under threat from lost business.

Its chief executive Karen Betts said: “The tariff is inflicting huge damage on the Scotch whisky sector, with exports to the US down 30 percent since the tariff came into effect and the industry grappling with losses now totalling around £300m.”

Airbus said it regretted the US decision to maintain the 15 percent tariffs on Airbus aircraft, despite EU actions to ensure it complies with WTO rulings.

The corporation said it expected Brussels to defend European interests.

EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan pledged to maintain engagement with Mr Lighthizer to bring the dispute to an end.

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