James Brokenshire, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has welcomed the investment by Airbus into Bombardier. The move would allow the C-Series to be produced and avoid proposed US tariffs, as well as ensuring the employment of many workers in Northern Ireland.
Brokenshire said in a statement:
“Last night’s announcement that Airbus is taking a stake in Bombardier’s C-Series is positive and welcome news for Northern Ireland.
We have been working tirelessly across Government to secure the future of the C-Series in recent months, and we will continue to do all we can to ensure the unjustified case brought by Boeing reaches a swift and effective resolution.
Our number one priority throughout has been to safeguard jobs and livelihoods in Belfast. While there are still some steps before the deal is completed, this is clearly a significant move forward for the C-Series and for the workforce in Northern Ireland”.