Doughty – UK could be about to enter global trade war with just Liam Fox wielding equivalent of a plastic spoon for protection

Donald Trump’s administration has announced US steel and aluminium tariffs will be imposed on the EU, Canada and Mexico.

Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“At a time when a global trade war looks like a very real possibility, the UK could be about to enter the brutal world of international trade with just Liam Fox wielding the equivalent of a plastic spoon for protection.

“The UK steel industry already faces significant challenges and now thousands of jobs could be put at risk directly or indirectly by diversionary dumping.

“The reckless actions of Donald Trump and his irresponsible approach to international politics means now is not the time for the UK to be crashing out of the world’s largest trading bloc or pulling away from our European friends and allies.

“The global reality now is very different from 2016, when the Brexit referendum took place. That’s why we need a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”

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