Trump threatens UK with 25 per cent post-Brexit tariffs unless it backs US against Iran

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Trump threatens the UK with 25% post-Brexit trade tariffs unless it backs the US against Iran

Trump threatens the UK with 25% post-Brexit trade tariffs unless it backs the US against Iran

Tehran accuses Britain, France and Germany of succumbing to ‘high school bully’ tactics from the US.

Donald Trump has threatened post-Brexit UK with a 25 per cent tariff on trade industries, specifically naming the UK car industry unless the British government officially accuses Iran of breaking the 2015 nuclear deal, and triggering a UN legal hearing in which the UK must side with the US against Iran, it has emerged.

The secret threat last week, first reported by The Washington Post, which cited unnamed European officials, would have seen the tariff imposed on all European automobile imports to the US unless Britain, France and Germany agreed to the ultimatum.

In particular, the UK was reminded of it’s post-Brexit need for tariff free trade deals with the US to support it’s now much weaker non-EU economy.

It came days before the three European Union powers on Tuesday triggered a dispute mechanism under the agreement which does indeed amount to a formal accusation against Tehran of violating its terms. It could lead to the reinstatement of United Nations sanctions, but is being framed by the Europeans as the last chance to save the nuclear deal. 

“Appeasement confirmed. E3 sold out remnants of #JCPOA to avoid new Trump tariffs,” Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.

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