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Bombardier: Theresa May’s Free-Trade Reality Check

(Charlie Cooper – Politico)

It was the day the U.K. government’s dream of a “very big and exciting” free-trade deal with the U.S. ran up against the brutal reality of international trade relations.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to impose a punitive 219 percent tariff on the Canadian aircraftmaker Bombardier — potentially placing thousands of British jobs at risk in a Northern Irish factory that makes plane wings — was a textbook example of how a big player in global trade will often ruthlessly pursue its own interests and grind down smaller partners, even supposedly close allies.

Since the Brexit referendum, U.S. President Donald Trump and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May have tried to rekindle the special relationship and talked up the prospects of a post-Brexit free-trade agreement. Click here to read more.