Johnson urges Trump to lift tariffs on scotch whiskey

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2019

On Tuesday, Trump and Johnson spoke, the White House said.

A Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday that Boris Johnson urged Donald Trump to lift tariffs on goods, including Scotch whiskey and also asked the USA president not to impose tariffs on vehicle exports.

"The Prime Minister urged the president to lift tariffs on goods including Scotch whisky, and ahead of a USA decision on additional tariffs urged him not to impose tariffs on auto exports", a Number 10 spokesman said.

The SWA says the industry could lose as much as 20% of its sales to the USA, now worth £1 billion - in the next 12 months.

Last month, the United States imposed 25 percent duty on imports of Scotch and other European products as a response to European subsidies in the aircraft industry.

A White House statement about the call did not give any specifics on the two leaders' discussion of trade issues.

Trump also insisted that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies "robustly fund their defenses" - a reflection of his argument that the U.S. bears a disproportionate share of spending within the transatlantic alliance.

According to global media, the United States had imposed 25%-tariff on European goods including the Scotch Whiskey, the decision came in response to large subsidies that were imposed on large aircraft by the European Union.

Separately, the Trump administration has threatened to impose tariffs of as much as 25 per cent on European Union vehicles and parts. There has been a considerable delay in the tariff plan and according to the experts, the same might happen again.

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