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Johnson’s plans for further steel tariffs are a black mark against Global Britain

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G7 leaders, (clockwise from front) Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi, European Union Council Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida, French President Emanuel Macron and European Union Council President Charles Michel pose for a group photo on the first day of the three-day G7 summit at Schloss Elmau.(Photo by Stefan Rousseau – Pool/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson has said he intends to extend tariffs on steel from China. This is a clear breach of WTO rules and, allegedly, was the final straw for his ethics adviser. But to Johnson this is the reasonable next step. He will also impose them on other countries, this time in line with rules from the oversight body, the Trade Remedies Association. Not content with breaching international law over Northern Ireland and his policy on immigration being hauled in front of the European Court of Human Rights, Johnson wants to pick a fight with the World Trade Organisation as well.

Speaking over the weekend, Johnson justified the policy on the basis of spiralling energy prices which have put British steel into a bind.

But the repercussions of the........

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