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To Combat Trumpism we need Fair Trade - Carthy

15 March, 2018 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has addressed the European Parliament in a debate on the US government's announcement of new tariffs on aluminium and steel products.

Addressing MEPs in the plenary in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Carthy said:

"Donald Trump does not care about lower income workers; their jobs, their wages or their rights. 

"We know this from his actions in providing tax breaks for the richest and his regular attacks on vital services, such as healthcare.

"But he has was elected because he exploited the genuine concerns of many working people in the United States; people who have not received the benefits of free trade and globalisation, who in fact, have lost their jobs and their faith in politics.

"Trump’s latest actions in imposing trade tariffs must be seen in this context.

"However, the European Commission is playing into this game. 

"By promoting a dangerous trade agenda through deals such as CETA & Mercosur the EU will increase the alienation and distrust that has already surged in many member states.

"Any honest observer will attest that this agenda is, rather than enriching everyone, actually fuelling the massive growth in inequality, exacerbating a race to the bottom on global labour rights and standards.

"If we want to effectively combat Trumpism then we need to abandon a trade agenda that will widen inequalities in Europe and across the globe."

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