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Bombardier.

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Northern Ireland's biggest

manufacturing employer.

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But its future is in doubt.

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Up to 4000 jobs at the Belfast

factory of the Canadian-owned

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Bombardier plane maker are under

threat after a trade ruling

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by the US Government.

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US giant Boeing says Bombardier

is using government subsidies

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to sell its C Series planes below

cost in America.

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Essentially Bombardier

are offering new airplanes

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at used airplane prices.

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The US wants to hit

back with tariffs that

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will hurt jobs here.

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Could my job be on the line?

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Yes, it could, like

anybody else's job.

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The Government has promised

unrelenting action.

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We will leave no stone unturned.

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But have they ducked

a fight with Trump?

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And have their backers in the DUP

been kept in the dark?

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The UK Government argued that it's

not a legally proper party

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to the dispute and it almost seemed

to be suggesting the dispute had

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nothing to do with them.

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Were you aware that that was

the legal argument they were taking?

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No.

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I'll be very interested, then.

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If you've got that information then

please share it with me.

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Everything hinges on a final

decision this Friday and I've been

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to the US capital to delve deep

into the case.

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Well, it is clear that

the UK Government has

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not come in full force.

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This is what the UK

Government submitted.

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With 4,000 jobs at stake,

there's four pages of argument.

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As they say here...

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You do the math.

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You said that evidence has

indeed been provided,

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is that not misleading?

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No, it was completely right.

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Tonight on Spotlight...

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If Trump's tariffs take hold,

how safe are jobs in Bombardier

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and the Government?

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I think legitimate questions will be

asked about their fitness

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to remain in government.

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It's going to be only America First.

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This global story begins

where its most dire

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consequences could be felt

- in Belfast.

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Thank you very much,

much appreciated, thank you, now.

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Gaye Partridge is a Bombardier

worker and union rep.

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She was in lobbying mode just before

Christmas at Belfast City Council -

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seeking support for the 4000 jobs

that are on the line.

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Support she believes could be vital.

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And one Northern Ireland party,

the DUP, was enjoying

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some global clout.

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There was no deal agreed in Brussels

today after an intervention

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by the Democratic Unionist Party.

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We have even seen today

that the DUP can call a halt

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to the Brexit negotiations,

so do you think the DUP can persuade

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Theresa May to persuade Donald Trump

to get rid of these tariffs?

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So we are hoping that their clout

will mean that, yes,

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the DUP can deliver this for us.

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Under political pressure,

in September even the Prime

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Minister intervened.

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I've spoken to President Trump more

than once on this issue.

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I had a meeting with him

where I raised this issue.

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The DUP urged the

Government to do more.

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It's time, I think,

for the British Government

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and the Canadian Government

to up their game.

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Within days, Government support

was on display in Parliament.

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We will leave no stone unturned.

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We have had 24 calls or meetings

with the US administration,

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12 with Boeing executives,

20 with the Government of Canada.

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The DUP seemed reassured

that the game was,

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indeed, being upped.

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I as the representative

of East Belfast greatly appreciate

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not only the work thus far but even

the presence today of

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the Northern Ireland Secretary,

the Business Secretary,

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the Business Minister,

the Defence Procurement Minister

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and indeed the Foreign

Secretary, Mr Speaker,

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who was present - showing

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just how much support

there is politically for us.

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Another political chamber and Gaye

Partridge seeks similar support.

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We need your support to urgently

call on Boeing to drop this case.

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If Bombardier were to pull

out of Belfast it would

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have a serious impact

on the Northern Ireland economy.

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I am therefore calling on you,

on this council, to support

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the motion to support the skills

and jobs of Belfast.

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Thank you very much.

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Presentation over, she joined me

in the public gallery.

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Did it go OK?

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It's really nerve wracking

down there, so it is.

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No need to worry,

the backing was unanimous.

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This is one of those

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occasions where we can

and we have united.

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And, Lord Mayor, our party will also

be supporting this motion tonight.

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The entire number of members

here voted for the motion,

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and so the motion is carried.

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Thank you. Thank you very much.

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The hopes of the workers now rest

in the hands of politicians.

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It's over to the

Government now to act.

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Economist Richard Ramsey believes

the huge size of Bombardier

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in Northern Ireland means that if it

sank it could bring so much down

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with it that everyone

would feel its effects.

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It's one of our top exporters,

top R&D spenders, top employers

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and you take Bombardier out

of the equation and that would blow

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a hole in our overall performance.

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Ultimately you're then going to see

less money going through

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the Northern Ireland economy.

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This small economy is suddenly

caught in a dispute involving one

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the biggest companies in the world,

Boeing, and one of the biggest

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forces in global politics.

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We want products

made by our workers.

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In our factories.

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Stamped with those four magnificent

words: "Made in the USA."

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We've seen that Northern Ireland has

become at the frontline of

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Donald Trump's America First policy.

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So how did this happen?

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It's all to do with the UK

and Canadian government money used

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in making the C Series plane

and its Belfast-built wings.

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A heart-warming sight

for Northern Ireland -

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a 100 tonne transport aircraft.

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If the planes achieve the expected

demand, it means a lot

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of employment in Ulster.

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Big aviation projects always promise

plenty of good jobs,

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but they often require plenty

of Government support.

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Bombardier's C Series -

a 21st century airplane

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designed for 21st airlines.

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-- 21st-century airlines.

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A brand new plane with the wings

designed and made in Belfast.

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I want to congratulate

the workforce on everything

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that they have achieved.

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It has made it possible for us

to give the grants and help.

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This help for the C Series

wings was £113 million

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from the Government.

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A repayable loan or a subsidy?

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It's that Government money which is

now at the heart of this dispute.

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And here's what that

money helped build.

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Swiss, one of the few airlines

with C Series already in service.

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So, the head height is good.

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Even for someone tall like me.

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Ladies and gentlemen...

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Those Belfast-built wings help make

the plane more fuel efficient,

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saving money for airlines.

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This plane can fly transatlantic,

but it may never reach the US.

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Unexpected turbulence

amid political climate change has

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hit the C Series hard.

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Call it Storm Trump.

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We are going to enforce our trade

rules and stop foreign cheating.

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Tremendous cheating.

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Tremendous cheating.

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But who's cheating on whom?

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Labour fears Belfast workers have

been sacrificed by a Government

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focused on Brexit and

cosying up to Trump?

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Are they afraid of being exposed

in Northern Ireland

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for their failure to protect jobs

or are they so keen to score

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a sweetheart trade deal

with the US that they simply

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want to wash their

hands of this matter?

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It's a charge the Government

strongly rejects.

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But Labour has demanded evidence.

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In this key exchange,

the Business Secretary was asked

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in October if he had engaged

with the US authorities

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who will ultimately decide the case

- the Trade Commission.

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What attempts have the Government

made thus far to provide evidence

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to the US independent Trade

Commission?

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In terms of submitting evidence

to the Trade Commission

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in the United States,

this has indeed been provided.

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I wanted to find out what evidence

was submitted because it's the US

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Trade Commission that decides

on Friday if sales of

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the C Series harmed Boeing.

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If there's no harm, the case ends.

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So how the UK Government

argues its case is vital

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for workers in Belfast.

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Ian Mullan works in the warehouse

and helps load the massive

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C Series wings for delivery.

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It's a very good job to have,

and I am classed as unskilled

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and I have managed to get a mortgage

and a car and everything out of it

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and support a family with it.

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My dad worked here with me,

I have uncles that work

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here and have retired

from here as well.

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Thousands more jobs

outside of Bombardier also

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benefit from its work.

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Here is Marlborough Engineering,

that's a company that is based just

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round the corner from here,

and just behind us on another

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staging there's a sign

for Barbour Engineering,

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based in Bangor.

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It's jobs here versus

jobs in the US.

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The argument from Boeing

is that this place was built

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with the help of public money

with handouts, a subsidy

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and therefore it's not fair.

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Well, I think they're wrong,

because the UK Government did

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give Bombardier money

to build this factory.

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However, it was not a given,

it was a loan and we have

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to repay the money.

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So why do the US authorities

think the loan is unfair?

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I went to Washington to find out,

and see what the UK

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Government had been doing

here for Bombardier workers.

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It's not the first time the US has

expressed concern about that

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Government money for Bombardier.

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US trade representatives threatened

action nearly a decade ago

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when it was first revealed,

but nothing happened.

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Until in 2016 Bombardier won

a major order from a US

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airline for C Series planes.

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Now they were entering American

airspace with help from foreign

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governments, and US rival

Boeing wasn't happy.

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It compiled a petition

alleging unfair competition.

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And fired it straight into the arms

of the Trump administration.

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It landed first at the

Department of Commerce.

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Their job is to promote

the US economy.

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And this time the authorities

sprang into action.

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Remember that repayable loan from

the UK Government to Bombardier?

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What if it's not,

in fact, repayable?

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Buried within around 7000 pages

of documents the UK Government

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submitted to the Commerce Department

I've discovered a key

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fact about that loan.

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And it may hold the secret of why

the Commerce Department believes

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the Government money to Bombardier

was unfair to Boeing.

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And what this document reveals

is that if something goes wrong

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beyond Bombardier's control it's

the Government, not Bombardier,

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that is on the hook for the lot.

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In that case, the repayable

loan won't be repaid.

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This is the seal of

the International Trade Commission.

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It really does stand for that notion

of equality, justice,

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fairness.

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Professor Jennifer Hillman

is a former judge at

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the Trade Commission.

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She feels what I've uncovered

is key to the case.

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In US eyes the loan isn't

commercial - it's a handout.

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If the repayable launch

investment isn't ultimately

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repayable, is that relevant?

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Yes, it is.

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By guaranteeing in the end

of the day that if all else fails

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the UK Government will step in,

the Government is

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assuming a lot of risk.

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The fact that the Government

is taking on that risk turns it

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from being a commercially viable

loan into a subsidy.

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So that's why the Commerce

Department wants tariffs

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of nearly 300% to remain.

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But the final decision has now

shifted to the ITC and another UK

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Government tactic won't help.

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Can Theresa May phoning

Donald Trump stop this case?

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No.

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It is decided by an independent

agency, the International Trade

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Commission, and there is literally

nothing that Donald Trump

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can do to stop it.

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But if a US President can't stop it,

could a European giant?

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Bombardier's chief exec celebrated

as Airbus agreed to take a majority

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stake in the troubled

C Series jet project.

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Airbus plans to partner

on the C Series and avoid tariffs

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by assembling the planes in America

in two years' time.

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But the ITC is dealing

with the here and now,

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it decides if Boeing was harmed.

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That's the decision that is pending

right now and in front of the ITC.

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They will make that determination.

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Regardless of the Airbus deal?

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Regardless of the Airbus deal.

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So it's bad news for

Bombardier on three fronts -

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the Airbus deal may not get

round the tariffs, the political

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lobbying of Trump and others

can't stop the case

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and because the repayable loan isn't

necessarily repayable it gives

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Boeing a strong argument

for imposing tariffs.

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The painful irony is

that the money that helped

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bring those C Series jobs

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to Belfast could now spell disaster

for the entire operation.

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At the final ITC hearing in December

the UK Government stood accused

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of promoting unfair competition.

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So everything now hinges on the ITC

and what they decide.

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They're holding a public hearing,

and we're off there now.

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The room is packed to capacity.

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Trade disputes don't get

any bigger than this.

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It doesn't work when foreign

governments tilt the field

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for the benefit of the C series.

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A plane that wouldn't

even exist were it not

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for government subsidies.

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The Boeing boss highlights the tough

action Canada has taken directly

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in reponse to the case.

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Last week, Canada

cancelled a $5 billion

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order for Boeing fighter jets just

because we brought this case.

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But, unlike Canada, the UK has not

taken tough action against Boeing

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and hasn't cancelled contracts.

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The UK ambassador, Sir Kim Darroch,

instead argues that

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Boeing, not Bombardier,

is the one receiving handouts.

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Boeing argue that they are attacking

bad subsidies including a UK

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government loan for the development

of wings in Northern Ireland.

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Yet Boeing itself enjoys

billions of dollars of US

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Government subsidies.

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But, fair or not, US subsidies

aren't under scrutiny.

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In the US, most legal papers

are publicly available,

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So, I want to take a deeper dive

and find out exactly what the UK

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government has done.

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The key submissions to the ITC

are lengthy and detailed,

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well - most of them.

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This is Bombardier's latest

submission to the ITC -

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its pre-hearing brief.

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It's almost 800 pages,

and it's quite heavy.

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This is the Canadian government's -

more than 170 pages here.

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And this is what the UK

Government submitted.

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With 4,000 jobs at stake,

there's four pages of argument.

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As they say here, you do the math.

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Unlike at the ITC, there were 7000

pages submitted to the Commerce

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Department, where the UK lost

the argument against tariffs.

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In documents there, I found

bizarre excuses from UK

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officials for late replies.

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Like this one.

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It says that the Department

for International Trade

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is a new department moving

into a new building and that it

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hasn't unpacked all of its files.

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A month later, the UK Government's

legal team writes again

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asking for more time.

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This time, the lawyers tell the US

Commerce Department that they can't

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meet the deadline because

Northern Ireland civil

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servants are on holiday

because of the Twelfth Fortnight.

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And there's a strange phrase

that keeps cropping up.

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It first appears in this letter

of the 26th of May but it's

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in almost every piece of UK

Government correspondence.

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"The British government does not

consider itself a legally proper

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party to this matter."

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Time and again, in black and white,

the Government seems to be saying

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this case is nothing

to do with them.

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So, what does former ITC judge

Jennifer Hillman make of this?

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Is it unfair to compare 175 pages

from the Government of Canada

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with four pages from

the UK Government?

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Well, it is clear that

the UK Government has

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not come in full force,

certainly not at the

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International Trade Commission?

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Is it good enough to state

we are not part of this?

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No.

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Any questions that you leave

unanswered, the presumption will be

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that the reason you didn't answer

them is it is bad news.

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And what about those excuses

for late responses offered

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by the UK, the unopened boxes

- the 12th Fortnight?

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All of the deadlines are literally

carved into the statute,

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so the deadlines are very real,

they are absolutely set by the law

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and are simply never missed.

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Home time for workers in Washington.

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Can the Bombardier workers dare

to hope their dreams won't end here?

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Could the ITC still vote no

to tariffs and save the day?

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Jennifer Hillman says they could.

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The ITC at this point is absolutely

critical and there is a good chance

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that the ITC could vote no.

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Historically, 60%

of the cases go no.

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In which case, the case stops.

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Before I left Washington,

I called Gaye.

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Hello, Jim.

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Hi, Gaye.

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How are you?

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I'm very well.

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Thank you.

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To reveal that the repayable loan

was being treated as a subsidy.

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Well, what are your thoughts?

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That is a surprise.

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Oh, that is the first

time I have heard that.

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But i did reasure her that there

was still hope with the ITC.

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Bombardier is based in East Belfast

MP Gavin Robinson's constituency.

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His vote at Westminster,

and that of his DUP colleagues,

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keeps the Government in power.

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I wanted to know if he

was fully aware of how

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the Government had behaved.

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It turned out, he wasn't.

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You did at the time back

in October call on both

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the Canadians and the UK

Government to up their game.

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I have some documents

here I can show you.

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This is the Canadian submission to

the International Trade Commission.

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Have you seen that at all?

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Literally, you can feel the weight

perhaps of their argument there.

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That's what the Canadian

Government submitted.

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But let me just show you what the UK

Government submitted to the ITC.

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Do you notice a difference there?

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Well, there's a clear difference

in volume but this is a dispute

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between a Canadian company

and a United States company.

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But are you happy that,

for 4 000 jobs, the UK

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Government's submission

to the ITC was effectively

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four pages of argument?

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Well, I don't think that's a fair

way to summarise it.

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This is a Canadian company.

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This is a Canadian aircraft.

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So, leave it up to Canada

to sort this out?

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No.

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You're supposed to have clout

with the Government.

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What have they done in this case

to protect those jobs?

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I think, Jim, you are in danger

of trivialising what has been

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going on over the last

number of months.

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No, I'm not the...

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I didn't submit the four pages that

government have submitted,

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four pages of argument.

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So, the question is who is

trivialising this?

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Who has treated it seriously

and submittedm you knowm

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170-plus pages of argument,

or who has

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perhaps not treated it

seriously and submitted

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four pages of argument?

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But I think, to focus

on that submission

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is to do a huge disservice.

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Gavin Robinson is also

a qualified barrister.

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I thought maybe the Government

might have briefed him

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on their legal strategy.

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They hadn't.

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We interviewed an expert in

the United States, who was a judge

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at the ITC for nine years,

and her view having looked at the UK

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submissions was that it

hadn't come in full force.

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In fact, the UK Government argued

that it's not legally proper party

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to the dispute and it almost seemed

to be suggesting the dispute had

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nothing to do with them.

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Were you aware that that was

the legal argument they were taking?

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No.

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I'll be very interested then

if you've got that information

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then please share it with me.

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From my perspective,

all of this very useful for me

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to take back and to make sure that

what we do

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and what we engage in on behalf

of Bombardier in making sure

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that we can stand up

for the company's successfully

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is to have this sort of information.

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So, belatedly.

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It is publicly available,

if you know where to find it.

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Belatedly.

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Thank you for sharing it with me.

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The Government's case to the ITC

doesn't appear convincing -

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even to themselves.

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Earlier this month, the Aerospace

Minister said he expected

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to lose at the ITC.

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My expectation is that things

will not be very different

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from what's already been determined.

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So, the Government has put together

a case it expects to lose.

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And, it appears to have kept its DUP

partners in the dark.

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That's bad enough.

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But has parliament also been misled?

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Remember this exchange.

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Labour asks what evidence

the Governement has submitted.

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What attempts have the Government

made thus far to provide evidence

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to the US independent

Trade Commission?

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In terms of submitting evidence

to the Trade Commission

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in the United States,

this has indeed been provided.

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But evidence from the Government,

all four pages of it,

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wasn't submitted to the Trade

Commission until December.

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Two months after the Minister

appeared to tell MPs

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that it had been done.

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Misleading the House can

be a sackable offence.

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Labour's Owen Smith believes

the Prime Minister should take

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action if Greg Clark

can't explain himself.

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I think Mr Clark will have been seen

to have misled the House at that

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juncture and I think Theresa May

will need to address that

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So, how does the minister

explain himself?

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I'm off to find out.

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Why did you say that

you had submitted evidence

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to the Trade Commission

when you hadn't?

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The question in the House of Commons

was whether the ITC -

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that's the Trade Commission -

had received evidence.

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That was submitted to

the ITC, I think in May,

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By whom?

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That was submitted by

Bombardier during the periods

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that it was required to be.

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But the question to you was

what had the Government

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submitted to the ITC

and you said that on

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submission the evidence had

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been provided to the ITC.

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Why would your Shadow Minister

question you as to

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what Bombardier had submitted?

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They were surely asking

you what the Government had

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submitted and you said that evidence

has indeed been provided,

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is that not misleading?

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No.

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It was completely right.

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It had been provided

through all of this.

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But if the minister doesn't believe

he misled parliament.

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Does he believe the four-page ITC

submission is sufficient?

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When you did submit

evidence as a government,

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it was four pages long.

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Did a lot of work go into that?

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The evidence that we

submitted was actually

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over 7,000 pages.

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Not to the ITC.

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Those 7,000 pages went

to the Commerce Department,

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where the Government first tried

the argument that they

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weren't a legal party.

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There are no planes that

are exported from Belfast,

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to the United States.

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That is clear.

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So, the trade dispute is between

Canada and the United States.

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But the UK argument failed

to persuade the Commerce

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Department against tariffs.

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So, will it also

lose out at the ITC?

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We interviewed a former ITC judge

and they said it was clear

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that the UK Government hadn't come

in full force at the ITC.

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Quite the reverse.

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Right from the outset,

we have worked vigorously.

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Personally, I have never

seen such a high level -

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consistent level - of engagement.

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I would have thought that everyone

in the UK and everyone

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in Northern Ireland would want

and expect the UK Government and UK

0:26:260:26:29

ministers to leave

no stone unturned.

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They would,

but you say no stone unturned,

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four pages looks like

no effort expended.

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No, this is...

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I think you are referring to

the final ITC, where it is looking

0:26:440:26:47

at the detriment to Boeing.

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It is not about, it is not

asking questions as to

0:26:510:26:53

what the UK's involvement in that.

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So, the Business Secretary rejects

the charge that the Government

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didn't come in full force.

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Labour's Owen Smith took a different

view when shown the ITC submission.

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What are your thoughts?

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That's all?

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The evidence you have provided

today seems to bear out

0:27:100:27:12

that they have been more concerned

with the optics of looking

0:27:120:27:15

to be doing a good job,

defending jobs here in Belfast,

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rather than doing so.

0:27:180:27:20

If this government is prepared

to stand by and see Trump put

0:27:200:27:24

America first, but Theresa May not

put Britain first, not put UK jobs

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first, then I think legitimate

questions will be asked

0:27:270:27:30

about their fitness

to remain in government.

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Crucially, how does this play

with the DUP, who keep

0:27:340:27:36

the government in power?

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If you feel that you have perhaps

been led up the garden path

0:27:400:27:43

does that damage the relationship

between the DUP and the Government?

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Well, our relationship is very clear

and it's very public and it's

0:27:460:27:49

on very particular things.

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So, the Government can

do whatever they want

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on Bombardier and you will have

to keep supporting them?

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No, that's not the case.

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There will be many

opportunities when given

0:27:550:27:57

the position that we have.

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They will find that our support

could have been quite

0:27:580:28:01

useful and it may

not have been there.

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But let's not get

ahead of ourselves.

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Let's take account of

the information that

0:28:050:28:07

you're sharing and let's

see where that takes me.

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I share the full picture

of government activity -

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or inactivity - with Gaye.

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Has it been no stone unturned

when you look at some

0:28:160:28:18

of the documents there?

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Well, it doesn't look very good.

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It's disappointing when you see

that they only submitted four pages.

0:28:260:28:29

It is disappointing.

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We're not trying to

overhype the threat here

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but it is a real threat.

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100% it's a real threat.

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Definitely.

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And anybody who doesn't think

like that is very, very wrong.

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It's 100% a real threat

to all the jobs within Belfast.

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On Friday, the ITC will

make its final decision.

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The future of Bombardier

and its workers in Belfast

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hangs in the balance.

0:28:500:28:54

The Government promised them

and the DUP no stone unturned.

0:28:540:28:58

The question is, has that

pledge been honoured?

0:28:580:29:01

Meanwhile in the US,

there's no question where

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political support lies.

0:29:030:29:10

May God bless the United

States of America and

0:29:100:29:18

God bless Boeing.

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US trade tariffs threaten thousands of Bombardier Belfast jobs. The government promised to fight the case, but has it delivered? Jim Fitzpatrick investigates.


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