OTTAWA – The prime minister of the Netherlands is telling Canada’s parliament that Britain’s resolution to depart the European Union is a horrible thought.
Mark Rutte supplied the view on the continuing Brexit negotiations throughout a speech to the Home of Commons wherein he invoked the sturdy bonds between the 2 nations solid through the Second World Struggle.
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“In Europe, we now face the good unknown of Brexit. Let me be completely trustworthy, I nonetheless assume it’s a horrible thought,” Rutte stated in his speech, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared on.
Rutte stated the wide-ranging free commerce deal between the EU and Canada is a progressive trendy settlement made for the 21st century. He stated it exhibits that commerce doesn’t must be a “zero sum sport.”
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The Dutch chief stated his nation and Canada helped construct the worldwide rules-based order that rose from the “ruins” of the Second World Struggle, together with NATO, the United Nations and the World Commerce Group.
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He stated the 2 nations share a dedication to free and truthful commerce, and the continuing effort to make international establishments extra related to individuals world wide feeling the sick results of globalization. Rutte stated “geopolitical shifts” have to be addressed.
Rutte didn’t point out Donald Trump by identify, however his remarks appeared aimed on the U.S. President who has taken a rhetorical wrecking ball to worldwide establishments.
However Rutte stated that the U.S. can’t be blamed for asking different NATO nations to extend their defence spending – a case Trump has made loudly prior to now.
Trudeau and Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan welcomed Rutte to Parliament Hill with full navy honours.
The prime minister held a gathering with Rutte in his Parliament Hill workplace.
Trudeau and Rutte can even maintain a enterprise lunch on Parliament Hill.
This afternoon, the 2 leaders will take part in a city corridor with college students at Gloucester Excessive Faculty.