Brexit: May warns business leaders not to fuel division

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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38669531

Theresa May has told leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the UK will be a “world leader” on trade.

But the prime minister also warned that inequality blamed on globalisation was aiding the “politics of division”.

Her speech to business leaders and politicians in Switzerland comes after EU leaders said a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK would be “difficult”.

The European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Pierre Moscovici, said Brexit would be bad for the UK and the EU.

In her speech, Mrs May said the world was enjoying an “unprecedented level of wealth”, but many people felt this was “not working for them”.

Global elites needed to tackle the backlash against globalisation, liberalism, and free trade because leaders who “embrace the politics of division and despair” were working to exploit the situation.

Mrs May said: “Talk of greater globalisation can make people fearful. For many it means their jobs outsourced and their wages undercut. It means having to sit back as they watch their communities change around them.

“And in their minds, it means watching as those who prosper seem to play by a different set of rules, while for many life remains a struggle as they get by, but don’t necessarily get on.”

Opinion:

I didn’t expect Theresa May’s speech to give so much emphasis to the downside of globalisation and, with it, implicit criticism of the international elite.

She suggested that too many bosses were not playing by the rules of paying their taxes, taking on board their social responsibility or spreading the benefits of growth and wealth.

That’s quite a tough message when you’re talking about people in front of you.

Mrs May needs these people to be on board because they bring in billions of pounds of investment – she also needs them to be confident about Brexit.

Her message to the international elite was fairly blunt: “You guys need to shape up the way you operate – we can’t carry on as before.”

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“Global elites needed to tackle the backlash against globalisation, liberalism, and free trade because leaders who “embrace the politics of division and despair” were working to exploit the situation.”

fancy that..somebody using a crisis to get something done..

“In her speech, Mrs May said the world was enjoying an “unprecedented level of wealth”, but many people felt this was “not working for them”

because the wealth growth is only at the top..

401

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~ by seeker401 on January 23, 2017.

3 Responses to “Brexit: May warns business leaders not to fuel division”

  1. lovely in Paris..

  2. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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