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UPDATE 1-UK trade minister seeks early meeting with U.S. trade czar on whisky tariffs

Thu, 14th Jan 2021 10:55

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LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - British trade minister Liz Truss
said on Thursday she was seeking an early meeting with U.S.
President-elect Joe Biden's pick to be his trade representative,
Katherine Tai, to discuss dropping tariffs on Scottish whisky.

Truss said her department was working hard to de-escalate a
row over state subsidies provided to civil aviation firms Boeing
and Airbus which prompted the United States and European Union
to impose tariffs on billions of dollars of each others goods.

Washington imposed tariffs on an array of EU food, wine and
spirits, including on Scotch whisky, which the industry says are
putting its future at risk.

"I have been clear with the United States and the European
Union that we want to de-escalate this dispute and reach a
negotiated settlement - this dispute has already been going on
for 16 years and has caused much damage," Truss told parliament.

"I am seeking an early meeting with the new U.S. trade
representative Katherine Tai and this will be one of the items
on my agenda."

In December, Britain said it would use its new-found freedom
outside the EU to diverge from the bloc's common trade policy
towards the United States, deciding to unilaterally suspend
tariffs relating to the dispute on aircraft subsidies.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by Michael Holden;
editing by Costas Pitas)

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