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Britain has joined international criticism of US President Joe Biden’s massive package of green subsidies, warning that they are protectionist and will hit UK-based manufacturers of electric vehicles, batteries and other renewable equipment.

UK International Trade Secretary Cammy Badenoch has written to her US counterpart, Catherine Tay, protesting the design of the Biden administration’s $369 billion effort to green the economy.

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which passed Congress in August, includes tax credits for green technologies aimed at attracting investment in the US and reducing carbon emissions.

The European Union, South Korea and Canada are among those who claim the act violates World Trade Organization rules by tying aid to US domestic production, but Britain has so far kept a low profile on the issue.

In his letter, seen by the Financial Times, Badenoch claimed the US plan would “damage multiple economies around the world and affect global supply chains in batteries, electric vehicles and broader renewables”.

Although she welcomed US efforts to address climate change, Badenoch warned that they must not come at the expense of free trade and that both sides must adhere to the rules of the international trading system.

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Sam Bankman-Fried is escorted from the Manhattan federal courthouse after his initial appearance

Sam Bankman-Fried is escorted from the Manhattan federal courthouse after his initial appearance © Bloomberg

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