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China solar tariffs 'real problem'

28 May 2013 Last updated at 10:21 BST

The UK and Germany are among at least 14 European Union members opposed to punitive tariffs on Chinese solar panel imports, according to diplomats.

The revelation, made on Monday, shows a split among the EU bloc's 27 members.

Paul Barwell, chief executive of the UK Solar Trade Association, is also opposed to the implementation of tariffs.

He told Today business presenter Simon Jack that "there is quite a high probability that we could lose anything up to 200,000 jobs... it's going to be a real problem for us."

First broadcast on the Today programme on Tuesday 28 May.