‘Brexit was about ANGER’ Canada’s Trudeau says vote is a warning to ‘out of touch elites’ – Express.co.uk

‘Brexit was about ANGER’ Canada’s Trudeau says vote is a warning to ‘out of touch elites’ – Express.co.uk

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Claiming the past decades have left the public feeling neglected by politicians, he described decision to leave the European Union as an act of “frustration”.

Mr Trudeau claimed the results of the referendum saw “people expressing very real frustration and their anger against institutions and out-of-touch elites.”

The Canadian Prime Minister made the remarks in an interview German newspaper Bild.

The PM was responding to a question about Donald Trump and whether how much the G20 nations should listen to the United States president.

Mr Trudeau said: “Donald Trump was elected by people who seriously wonder what globalisation and global trade are doing for them. Over the decades, people felt neglected by political institutions. 

“People have voted for Trump and said: Fix it! 

“I think, in the last few years, we have seen a number of concrete examples – and the election of Mr Trump is one of them, the Brexit decision another – of people expressing very real frustration and their anger against institutions and out-of-touch elites. 

“That has always been around, you can see it in the protests here. 

“If the recent election results and the pressures out there have told us anything, it’s that it’s really important to listen to people, to understand their concerns and their fears.”

Mr Trudeau went on to say nations must respond to those fears.

He said: “Take in their reflections and focus on actually serving them instead of some nebulous idea of the country or the economy. 

“If you focus on the people who work hard every day – the middle class – you get much more stable growth paths. There is real anger out there that we need to deal with.“

It followed the 45-year-old saying Canada and Ireland should take advantage of Britain’s increasingly isolated approach by seizing new openings on the global stage.

He said: “There are tremendous opportunities for countries like Canada and Ireland, at a time where perhaps our significant allies and trading partners in the case of both the US and the UK are turning inward or at least turning into a different direction.”

Mr Trudeau added that the two nations needed to “make the pitch” that their countries are “exciting and open to the world in a positive, progressive way.”

It followed the 45-year-old saying Canada and Ireland should take advantage of Britain’s increasingly isolated approach by seizing new openings on the global stage.

He said: “There are tremendous opportunities for countries like Canada and Ireland, at a time where perhaps our significant allies and trading partners in the case of both the US and the UK are turning inward or at least turning into a different direction.”

Mr Trudeau added that the two nations needed to “make the pitch” that their countries are “exciting and open to the world in a positive, progressive way.”

Ireland’s newly elected leader echoed his counterpart’s sentiments, reiterating his country’s commitment to the EU as Britain prepares for its departure.

Mr Varadkar said: “We each share a relationship with a very big neighbour, a neighbour that has to a certain extent decided to go in a different direction at least for the time being.”

The politician also claimed Britain’s exit from the European Union would be “unfortunate”, adding: “I can’t see a scenario where Britain could remain a member of the EU, even in a transitional period, and then negotiate other trade deals on their own.”

The two politicians are among a crop of young, centrist Western leaders, seen by some as a counterweight to the populism that fuelled Donald Trump’s election victory and Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

Mr Varadkar said “more and more people will want to come to Ireland” because of Brexit, as Dublin hopes to lure financial institutions from London after Britain quits the bloc.

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