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The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, backs Britain remaining in the EU

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau today joined other leaders from other Commonwealth nations in supporting Britain remaining in the European Union.

Leaders from Australia, India, Malta, New Zealand and Cyprus, as well as the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland have spoken out to say they support Britain remaining in the EU.

Trudeau said:

"More unity is a path toward greater prosperity. We have a great relationship with a strong and united Europe and certainly hope that that continues."

"Britain is always going to have clout, it's just obviously amplified by its strength as part of the EU."

"I believe we're always better when we work as closely as possible together and separatism, or division, doesn't seem to be a productive path for countries."

"There's nothing easy or automatic about that (negotiating a deal), so I think there's a bit of an oversimplification of the story happening there."

Notes to Editors
 
A full article from Reuters on the comments can be seen here

Comments from Commonwealth Leaders:

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
‘From our point of view, from Australia’s point of view, having Britain as part of the EU is definitely an advantage. If the British people in their wisdom decide to stay in the European Union then we would welcome that… on so many issues, so many strategic issues, we are very close allies, Britain is part of the Five Eyes group or alliance in terms of intelligence so from our point of view it is an unalloyed plus for Britain to remain in the EU’
Sky News Australia, 1 May 2016
 
Indian Prime Minister Modi
‘If there is an entry point for us to the European Union, that is the UK...And if we have economic co-operation with any country then the largest economic co-operation is with the UK...Yes, we are going to other European Union countries as well, but we will continue to consider the UK as our entry point into the European Union as far as possible’
Government press release, 12 November 2015, link
 
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat 
‘Europe is a perennial balancing act between countries that have a converging set of values. The United Kingdom is an essential part of that balance as it is a counterweight to a more centralised, one size fits all approach. The United Kingdom's departure from the European Union would result in a search for a new equilibrium.’ … ‘It would be wrong for a post-Brexit United Kingdom to assume that it would be dealing with the same European Union of today. Brexit would change the European Union fundamentally, and it would not be the sort of change most of us would find agreeable.’
Malta Independent, 15 March 2016, link
 
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
‘If we had the equivalent of Europe on our doorstep ... we certainly wouldn't be looking to leave it...We certainly think it's a stronger position for Britain to be in Europe’
BBC, 1 April 2016, link
 
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop 
‘A strong UK as part of the European Union would be in Australia's interests’
Reuters, 2 April, 2016, link
 
Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides
Mr Kasoulides said that a ‘Brexit’ from the EU would weaken Europe and it would not be in the interest of Cyprus, calling upon UK Cypriots who have the right to vote in the referendum to back the Remain campaign
Independent Balkan News Agency, 24 April 2016, link
 
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland 
‘The Commonwealth does not set itself up in competition with Europe - we are partners. As far as I can see, partnership is a much better way forward than separation’
Reuters, 4 April 2016, link


Serving international leaders who back ‘remain’ include:
 
US President Obama (Telegraph, 21 April 2016, link; BBC News, 24 April 2016,link)
Chinese President Xi Jinping (FT, 23 October 2015, link)
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet (12 May 2016, link)
French President Francois Hollande ((Open Europe, 6 April 2016, link)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Sputnik News, 29 April 2016, link)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Reuters, 5 May 2016, link)
Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny (25 January 2016, link)
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (Wall Street Journal, 27 February 2016,link)
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg Norway (BBC, 2 March 2016, link)
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, 26 April 2016 (link)
 
and from the Commonwealth:
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (Sky News Australia, 1 May 2016)
Indian Prime Minister Modi (Government press release, 12 November 2015,link)
Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat (Malta Independent, 15 March 2016,link)
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (BBC News, 1 April 2016, link)
 
Serving British Overseas Territories leaders who back ‘remain’:
Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo (Times, 15 March 2016, link)
 
Serving senior ministers and officials in governments abroad who back ‘remain’ include: 
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry (Independent, 13 February 2016 link)
US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (Reuters, 27 February 2016, link)
US Trade Representative Michael Froman (The Guardian, 29 October 2015,link)
US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes (CNN, 22 April 2016, link)
US Council of Economic Advisers Chair Jason Furman (BBC R4 World This Weekend, 10 April 2016)
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble (BBC1, 6 March 2016)
French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron (BBC, Andrew Marr Show, 18 April 2016)
Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan (Bloomberg, 11 May 2016, link)
Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan (Irish Independent, 12 April 2016, link).
Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Gulf Today, 14 April 2016, link)
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström (10 May 2016, link)
Czech Europe Minister Tomáš Prouza (R4 Today, 16 February 2016)
Norwegian Europe Minister Elizabeth Aspaker (Telegraph, 12 March 2016, link)
Norwegian Finance Minister Siv Jensen (Reuters, 11 March 2016, link)
Jersey Chief Minister Ian Gorst (International Adviser, 30 March 2016, link).
Vatican Foreign Minister Archbishop Paul Gallagher (ITV, 10 February 2016)
 
And from the Commonwealth:
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (Reuters, 2 April, 2016, link)
Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides (24 April 2016, link)
 
Serving leaders of international organisations who back ‘remain’ include: 
 
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (press release, 10 March 2016, link)
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría
European Central Bank head Mario Dragi (Reuters, 21 April 2016, link)
 
And from the Commonwealth:
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland (Reuters, 4 April 2016,link)
 
Former senior international office-holders who back ‘remain’ include: 
 
Former US President Bill Clinton
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 25 April 2016, link
Former US Treasury Secretary George P. Shultz (20 April 2016, link)
Former US Treasury Secretary W. Michael Blumenthal (20 April 2016, link)
Former US Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin (20 April 2016, link)
Former US Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers (20 April 2016, link)
Former US Treasury Secretary Paul H. O’Neill (20 April 2016, link)
Former US Treasury Secretary John W. Snow (20 April 2016, link)
Former US Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. (20 April 2016, link)
Former US Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner (20 April 2016, link)
Former US Deputy Treasury Secretary Stuart Eizenstat (Radio 4 WATO, 20 March 2016)
Former US Assistant Secretary of State James Rubin (Economist, 4 March 2016, link)
Former CIA Director General David Petraeus
Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy (Economic Times, 13 April 2016,link)
Former Irish President Professor Mary McAleese
Former Polish President Lech Walesa (BBC R4 18 May 2016)
Former Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski (BBC R4 18 May 2016)
Former Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski (YouTube, 21 April 2016, link)
Former Polish Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski, 8 February 2016, link
Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt (BBC, 27 January 2016, link)
Former Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio (1 February 2016)
Former German State Secretary of Fiance Jorg Asmussen (YouTube, 21 April 2016, link).
Former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (Irish Times, 29 October, link)
Former Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (The Telegraph, 3 April, 2016,link)
Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (Guardian, 5 April 2016, link)
Former NATO Secretary General Lord Carrington
Former NATO Secretary General Lord George Robertson
Former NATO Secretary General Jaap De Hoop Scheffer
Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Former NATO Secretary General and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana (Gulf News, 25 March 2016, link)
Former WTO Director General and European Commissioner Pascal Lamy
Former Irish Attorney General, WTO Director General and European Commissioner Peter Sutherland  (Irish Times, 25 April 2016, link)
 
And from the Commonwealth:
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed (Telegraph, 9 May 2016, link)
Former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans (18 February 2016, link)
Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan (12 February 2016, link)