Theresa May has promised to do “all she can” to head off a trade dispute threatening thousands of jobs in Northern Ireland as part of her top-level talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Mrs May told reporters on her official plane that she wanted to find a resolution to the dispute between Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier and its American rival Boeing, amid fears for 4,500 jobs at a Belfast factory run by the Canadian company.
Bombardier has been accused by Boeing of receiving unfair state support – including a £113m loan from the British Government – for its new C Series passenger jet.
Mrs May raised concerns about the future of the factory in a recent phone call with President Donald Trump and said she would raise it again with Mr Trudeau, who has been outspoken in urging Boeing to drop the case.
“This is an issue I have already raised with President Trump and I will of course be raising this with Prime Minister Trudeau as well,” said the Prime Minister.
“I am very clear about the potential impact this could have on jobs in Northern Ireland and I will be doing all I can to ensure we can see a resolution to this dispute because I want to see those jobs protected.”