UK, US trade spat over digital news

The United Kingdom and the United States are locked in a trade war after digital news organisations took the UK to court over its blocking of some US-made websites.

The two countries’ trade negotiations are at a critical point.

The European Union has been pushing the United Kingdom to allow it to continue to block access to US-owned sites.

But US president Donald Trump has said the European Union should block access for UK sites that were deemed harmful to the UK.

“We have a trade agreement with Great Britain, we are a trading nation, we cannot allow a country like Great Britain to block or block access of other countries,” Mr Trump said last month.

“And we are going to go ahead and block access.”

Mr Trump is also planning to impose a 35 per cent tariff on UK imports of American-made cars, which are currently exempt from US tariffs.

The UK and the US have already been at loggerheads over trade policy, with Britain last year agreeing to pay a $2.5 billion settlement with the US after it refused to pay up.

The EU is pushing for a deal which would allow the UK and US to continue trade while allowing access for content that is deemed to be in the public interest.

But the UK’s government is currently fighting a legal battle in the European Court of Justice (ECJ), arguing the UK should be allowed to continue blocking websites that are deemed to promote hatred, terrorism and xenophobia.

“The UK is trying to use the EU’s own rules as a means to block UK websites,” said a spokesman for the Department of Trade and Industry.

“These websites are not in the UK interest and should not be blocked.”

The Department of Industry, Science and Innovation said it was also working on a range of other issues, including cyber security, copyright and intellectual property.

The European Court is set to rule on whether the UK can continue to use EU rules to block foreign websites that have links to UK-based content, including websites hosted by the UK government.

The ECJ is expected to rule in the next few weeks on whether or not the UK has to pay the $2 billion in compensation to the US for blocking the websites of the UK Government, the European Commission and the European Parliament.

A spokesman for UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the Government was considering all of the legal options to protect its trade.

“This is a very complex case and we are committed to working with all our partners in Europe and the world to secure the best possible deal for Britain,” the spokesman said.