Theresa May calls on Donald Trump to exempt United Kingdom from steel tariffs

Macron talks to Trump says new U.S. tariffs are illegal and a mistake

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a conference in Paris on May 31

Tariffs of 25 per cent on steel imports and 10 per cent on aluminium were due to be imposed on the EU, Canada and Mexico from 0400GMT on Friday.

The 25% tariff on steel will impact half a billion dollars worth of trade between the United Kingdom and the U.S., hitting steelworks such as Dalzell in Scotland.

Ross arrived in Beijing on Saturday morning for trade talks with Chinese officials, after the Trump administration renewed its tariff threats against China, and with key US allies in a foul mood toward Washington after they were hit with duties on steel and aluminum.

The president took to Twitter Friday to accuse Canada of treating US "farmers very poorly for a long period of time". The EU, Canada, and Mexico also threatened stiff retaliatory tariffs as they pushed back against President Donald Trump's multi-front trade offensive.

Gareth Stace, director of trade body UK Steel, said he was "very, very worried" about the potential impact of a "double whammy" on British producers from the Trump administration's decision.

Trump has said the tariffs were necessary in order to protect US national security, but they were widely criticized by foreign leaders, USA business groups, and even some labor groups as being ill-designed and potentially damaging to the USA economy.

European Union trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom says the bloc is taking China to the World Trade Organization over a dispute on intellectual property.

Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and a former Mulroney cabinet minister at the time of the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal, expressed surprise at the sunset-clause tactic. It's counterproductive, that any government that embarks on a protectionist path inflicts the most damage on itself.

America's "playing a risky game" which risks harming the EU's economic recovery.

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Countries around the world are already fighting back, announcing retaliatory countermeasures and warning that the US plan will hurt USA consumers. The official said a range of issues remain to be resolved but the US looks forward to continuing the negotiations with Canada. "That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable". But he exempted Canada, Mexico and the European Union to buy time for negotiations - a reprieve that expired at midnight Thursday. "It is pure protectionism", she said.

The EU has already issued a 10-page list of tariffs on USA goods ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to bourbon.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a statement that he told Trump in a telephone call that the tariffs on European, Mexican and Canadian goods are illegal and a "mistake".

"I don't think in any way the U.S.is abandoning its leadership in the global economy, quite the contrary".

Trudeau rebuked the USA tariffs following the announcement, insisting that Canada had no choice but to fight back. Throughout these talks, the USA has sought to use the threat of trade restrictions as leverage to obtain concessions from the EU.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said that direct discussions between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Trump may help resolve the issue, though Japan has refused to accept import quotas. But Ross said there was "no longer a very precise date when they may be concluded", and that as a result, Canada and Mexico were added to the list of countries hit with tariffs.

"They advised Germany to increase domestic demand to get rid of its trade surplus".

"The EU-US relationship is one of the strongest in the world, in fact it's the largest in the world, it provides 15 million jobs on both sides of the Atlantic, and two trillion (euros) in investment".

The Wolfsburg-based company is calling for dialogue between the USA and the European Union within recognized World Trade Organization principles "in order to prevent any long-term economic damage".

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