Rotherham Council is expected to challenge US President Donald Trump this week following the decision to impose a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports from the European Union, which it is feared will hurt the town’s industry.
The full council meets on Wednesday and it is expected that members will be asked to support a motion which condemns the “protectionist policies of the current US administration”.
If accepted, the motion to be proposed by Coun Stuart Sansome will also urge the UK Government to “make the strongest representations on behalf of the UK steel industry”, with Rotherham Council itself support a campaign called Stop Trump Tariffs being organised by the Community Union.
Councillors will be told that steel continues to play an important role in Rotherham’s economy, with 12 per cent of revenue generated at Liberty Speciality Steels in Rotherham reportedly from exports to the USA.
Steel imports to America from the EU last faced tariffs in 2002, under President George W Bush and were blamed for the loss of 200,000 jobs in the US economy, the motion states.
Steel sales to the USA from the UK annually are currently said to be worth around £360m.