Trudeau Leads The Globalists, UK Denies Brexit Could Take 10 Years
Justin Trudeau: ‘Globalisation isn’t working for ordinary people’
Exclusive: Canada’s prime minister tells the Guardian why, in a world where populism, divisiveness and fear are on the rise, he’s taking the opposite approach
Ordinary people around the world have been failed by globalisation, Justin Trudeau has told the Guardian, as he sought to explain a turbulent year marked by the election of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote and the rise of anti-establishment, nation-first parties around the world.
“What we’re facing right now – in terms of the rise of populism and divisive and fearful narratives around the world – it’s based around the fact that globalisation doesn’t seem to be working for the middle class, for ordinary people,” the Canadian prime minister said in an interview at his oak-panelled office in the country’s parliament. “And this is something that we identified years ago and built an entire platform and agenda for governing on.”
Last year, at a time when Trump was being described as a long shot for president and the threat of Brexit seemed a distant possibility, Trudeau, 44, swept to a majority government on an ambitious platform that included addressing growing inequality and creating real change for the country’s middle class.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman insisted that Britain could negotiate its departure from the European Union and a new trading arrangement within the current two-year timeframe.
Britain’s ambassador to the EU, Ivan Rogers, has advised ministers that the other 27 member states believe a trade deal might not be done until the early to mid-2020s, the BBC reported.
In a meeting in October, Rogers also warned that even once it was agreed, the new deal might be rejected as each EU country’s parliament would have to ratify it.
“It is not the view of Sir Ivan Rogers, it is not the view of the government,” May’s spokesman said.
“This is the ambassador reflecting the views of others which have been put to him, which is a role that all ambassadors carry out.”