Search
Close this search box.

Trump’s steel tariffs demonstrates UK dangers post Brexit

This week the US President officially sanctioned a 25% tariff on steel imports, 10% on aluminium, and is now threatening a tax on cars entering the US, together with a threat to ignore the protections on foodstuffs of specific geographical origin – posing a threat to Scotland’s whisky industry and Cornish pasty production.
immigration

A clear message needs to be sent to Trump now that he cannot ride roughshod over UK trade interest, says GMB. Protectionist trade tariffs signed by Donald Trump show the dangers faced by the UK post Brexit. Contributor Tim Roache, General Secretary – GMB.

This week the US President officially sanctioned a 25% tariff on steel imports, 10% on aluminium, and is now threatening a tax on cars entering the US, together with a threat to ignore the protections on foodstuffs of specific geographical origin – posing a threat to Scotland’s whisky industry and Cornish pasty production.

GMB says the UK must be prepared to take a tough stance with the US and there is currently no basis for a trade deal after Britain leaves the EU. Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said: “People didn’t vote to leave the EU only to have their jobs and British industry hammered by the US.

“This Government’s weak trade policy leaves manufacturing – and other industries – exposed to a global free-for-all. Liam Fox has to wise up quickly and remember his day job is looking out for British jobs and industry. UK trade policy as it stands will be found sorely lacking in dealing with the likes of Donald Trump”.

“Over-reliance on the flawed WTO model would be another mistake because we would invariably see corporate rights and might  trump labour rights and protections, environmental and product safety standards.”

“UK trade policy must prioritise people and communities. It must protect and advance labour, product and environmental standards, not allow Brexit to become a corporate power grab and race to the bottom”.

“Theresa May needs to be very clear who she is for in this process, and send a clear message to Donald Trump that he cannot ride roughshod over UK trade interests.”

Read more

Latest News

Read More

AI in the workplace: time to ‘get in the game or watch from the side-lines’

22 February 2024

Newsletter

Receive the latest HR news and strategic content

Please note, as per the GDPR Legislation, we need to ensure you are ‘Opted In’ to receive updates from ‘theHRDIRECTOR’. We will NEVER sell, rent, share or give away your data to third parties. We only use it to send information about our products and updates within the HR space To see our Privacy Policy – click here

Latest HR Jobs

University of Liverpool – Directorate of People and Services – Human Resources DepartmentSalary: £38,205 to £44,264 per annum

Solihull College & University CentreSalary: £28,086 pa – up to

They are now looking for an experienced Employment Solicitor with at least 7 years PQE or Legal Executive to head up their Employment and HR

As the Head of HR, you will play a vital role in ensuring the organisation has the correct quantity and quality of people performing to

Read the latest digital issue of theHRDIRECTOR for FREE

Read the latest digital issue of theHRDIRECTOR for FREE