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* FTSE 100 down 0.2 pct
* FTSE 250 down 0.1 pct
* Rolls Royce slips as U.S. proposes tariffs on EU goods
* Exporters take a hit as pound firms
April 9 (Reuters) - London's main share index lost ground on Tuesday as Rolls Royce weakened after the U.S. proposed a list of EU goods for retaliatory tariffs, while investors awaited updates on a postponement of Britain's exit from the EU.
Rolls Royce RR.L gave up 1.1 percent after the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced a proposal to impose tariffs on a list of European Union products as retaliation for EU aircraft building subsidies.
The proposed list, which ranges from large commercial aircraft and parts to dairy products and wine, is a retaliation against over $11 billion worth of damage to U.S. industry from EU subsidies to Airbus AIR.PA , Lighthizer said. sterling rose on hopes that Britain would avoid a disorderly no-deal Brexit, with Prime Minister Theresa May due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Parliament passed a law on Monday that gave lawmakers the power to scrutinise and even make legally binding changes to May's request to extend the Article 50 negotiating period again. that have a greater international presence and earn a big share of their profits in the U.S. dollar took a hit as the pound firmed.
In midcaps, bus and rail company Go-Ahead Group GOG.L and environmental infrastructure firm Pennon Group PNN.L both slipped 2 percent after rating cuts. is a definite sense of caution which is keeping traders subdued as they shift their focus towards a busy second half to the week," said London Capital Group analyst Jasper Lawler.
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