Boris Johnson urges Donald Trump to lift Scotch whisky tariffs

Malts on display in the specialist whisky shop at the Clydesdale Distillery Glasgow

Malts on display in the specialist whisky shop at the Clydesdale Distillery Glasgow Credit PA

US President Donald Trump held a phone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over issues of trade and burden-sharing among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.

Trump spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom.

Johnson's plea, which formed part of a discussion last night between the two leaders about the future of USA trade policy, follows concerns that the newly imposed United States tax could wipe £1bn off single malt sales over the next year.

US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a phone conversation agreed to boost ties between the two countries through a strong bilateral free trade agreement after Britain leaves the EU, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said.

"The President also stressed the need for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to robustly fund their defences", it said.

Last month, the chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) Karen Betts said the imposition of a 25% tariff was "bad news" for the industry.

According to worldwide media, the United States had imposed 25%-tariff on European goods including the Scotch Whiskey, the decision came in response to large subsidies that were imposed on large aircraft by the European Union.

The Trump government has also threatened to impose duties on imports of European cars and auto parts. There has been a considerable delay in the tariff plan and according to the experts, the same might happen again.

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