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UK to Consult With WTO Members on Tariffs Protecting Steel

  • Britain has proposed extending steel tariffs due to expire
  • Decision may be challenged on World Trade Organization rules
Small steel blooms at a steel mill in Rotherham, UK.

Small steel blooms at a steel mill in Rotherham, UK.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The UK government said it will consult with other countries at the World Trade Organization on its plan to extend steel tariffs, after prime minister Boris Johnson said it was “reasonable” to use them to protect Britain’s domestic industry.

“No decision has yet been taken,” Johnson’s spokesman Jamie Davies said to reporters on Monday, ahead of a June 30 deadline when some of the tariffs will expire. The decision “will balance our international obligations and the national interest.”