UK Trade Secretary vows to fight “unfair” whiskey tariffs

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UK Trade Secretary Liz Truss has said she will fight “unfair” US tariffs on Scotch whiskey.

Truss made the promise in an op-ed for the Telegraph published on Sunday. His article comes after the United States said last week it would maintain 15% tariffs on Airbus planes and 25% tariffs on other goods from the European Union.

UK Secretary of State for International Trade and Minister for Women and Equality Liz Truss is seen outside Downing Street in London. (Reuters)

“I will fight to put these unfair tariffs in the dustbin of history,” wrote Truss, while criticizing Brussels for allegedly failing to protect British and Scottish interests.

“US tariffs on Scotch whiskey are unacceptable and unfair. I can’t be clearer about this, ”Truss wrote. “The making of whiskey is one of our great industries and a jewel in our national crown.”

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Britain had previously asked the United States to lower its tariffs on Scotch whiskey. Truss said she would raise the issue with her U.S. counterpart, Robert Lighthizer, when they meet in the coming weeks to discuss tariffs and other matters.

“I firmly believe that free and fair trade remains the best way forward for the world and for Britain,” Truss said.

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The UK, meanwhile, is currently in a transition period in which it remains part of the EU’s duty-free agreements until the end of the year. The future economic relationship is yet to be agreed, which means tariffs could be imposed on goods traded between the two sides early next year – a development that most economists say would hamper more an economy struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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