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UK disappointed with U.S. Bombardier ruling, says Boeing role unjustified

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said it was disappointed with a U.S. decision to slap preliminary anti-subsidy duties on Bombardier Inc’s <BBDb.TO> CSeries jets which has put around 4,200 jobs at risk in Northern Ireland where the wings are made. The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday imposed a 220 percent duty on the jets after rival Boeing Co <BA.N> claimed the aircraft were unfairly subsidized by Canada. Britain’s Business ministry said it would continue to strongly defend its national interests. “This is a disappointing interim statement but only the first step in the process,” a spokeswoman for the department said. “Boeing’s position in this case is unjustified and frankly not what we would expect of a long-term partner to the UK – as well as damaging the wider global aerospace industry. We will continue to work closely with the Canadian government to encourage all parties to reach a credible resolution as quickly as possible.”

(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)
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