Pier Carlo Padoan told world leaders the EU lacks Brexit-style 'vision'
Pier Carlo Padoan told world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the EU is being “turned around completely” just days after Prime Minister Theresa May set out her plan for Britain’s departure from the bloc.
He said: “The problem in Europe is Europe.
The finance minister's comments came at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
“The challenge the Brexit and Trump is posing is that there is a vision.
“You may agree or disagree with that vision, but there is a challenge that Brexit is posing and Trump is posing.
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Pier Carlo Padoan
“We don’t have a vision in Europe, not a vision that is comparable in terms of powerfulness.”
Mr Padoan added: “Europe used to be the solution to many of the problems of the laggards of European integration.
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“Now this is being turned around completely.”
The economist also insisted European and American voters who backed “populists” were simply concerned about their futures.
He said: “Not all those who vote for populist ideas are the bad guys.
Theresa May told the conference Britain would 'forge a new role for ourselves' after Brexit
“In most cases they are good guys, they are fellow citizens and they have real concerns about the future of their children, jobs opportunity, concerns about security.”
The scathing dress-down comes after Theresa May told world leaders at the conference Britain will “forge a new role for ourselves in the world” after Brexit.
The Prime Minister told leaders free trade and globalisation has to work for everyone as she told them Britain is a multicultural country which is open to trade.
The conference of global elites will conclude today after discussions on topics such as cyber security and combatting worldwide racism.