“We don’t want to see the division between the member states or their companies on this issue.”
Under EU rules, the European Commission conducts trade policy for the 28 member bloc, though the UK will be leaving that bloc in just over a year.
Mr Fox on Monday said the UK would be working with the European Commission to formulate a “measured and proportionate” response, which could include duties on the US, putting in place safeguard measures to protect the European market from a wave of imports due to the tariffs and taking the dispute to the World Trade Organisation.
He did, however, stress that the “close co-operation between the UK and the US” was vital to international peace and security, given the strong defence and security co-operation relationship between the two.
He said that, alongside its work with its European partners: “The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy will be assisting UK industry working with US customers to build their cases for exemptions.”
UK Steel’s director Gareth Stace said: “The steel sector will be thankful to hear the Government publicly confirm it supports a measured response from the EU in the face of these tariffs and to effectively protect the interests of steel companies against an anticipated flood of steel looking for a new home, after barriers go up around US borders.”