Belfast Telegraph

PM is urged to warn Boeing over threat to Bombardier

By John Mulgrew

Prime Minister Theresa May has been criticised for not "sending a strong warning" to US planemaker Boeing over its industry challenge, which could threaten jobs here.

Mrs May met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Canada on Monday, over a challenge to aerospace giant Bombardier, which could scupper a multi-billion deal for its C Series aircraft.

Bombardier employs around 4,500 workers in Northern Ireland.

Speaking after meeting Mr Trudeau in Ottawa, Mrs May said she would be raising the dispute with Mr Trump later this week.

"I will be impressing on him the significance of Bombardier to the United Kingdom and particularly to jobs in Northern Ireland," she said.

The Unite union's regional secretary, Jimmy Kelly, said: "Unite is very disappointed not to have heard Prime Minister Theresa May deliver a clear message to a very worried public that this is a priority concern for the UK government too. The UK is the second largest purchaser of Boeing products - we urge the UK prime minister to use the huge leverage she has here."

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