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Trump, Brexit mean new chances for Canada, Ireland: Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar both took a swipe at their bigger neighbours during the Canadian premier’s visit to Dublin.

world Updated: Jul 05, 2017 00:05 IST
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Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, right, gives his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, an Irish themed rugby shirt during a press conference at Farmleigh House in Dublin on July 4.(AP Photo)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that his country and Ireland should seize the opportunity to be open and progressive as their big neighbours, the US and Britain, turn inward.

Trudeau said there are “tremendous opportunities for countries like Canada and Ireland at a time where perhaps our significant allies and trading partners ... are turning inward or at least turning in a different direction.”

He said the two nations should “make the pitch that Canada and Ireland are places that are exciting and open to the world in a positive, progressive way.”

Trudeau spoke after meeting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin. Both leaders face tricky times with their neighbours — the US under President Donald Trump and the UK as it leaves the European Union.

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

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

Varadkar wore colorful maple leaf socks for Tuesday’s meeting, in a salute to Trudeau’s fondness for bold, statement ankle-wear.

Trudeau travels to Scotland Wednesday to meet Queen Elizabeth II, and is due to attend a summit of G-20 leaders in Hamburg, Germany on Friday and Saturday.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 00:05 IST