U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will respond to Donald Trump’s U.S. election victory by telling supporters of economic liberalization and free trade that they have to listen to the concerns of those who think such forces have more downsides than benefits.
At the Mansion House in London on Monday evening, May will give her first major speech on foreign policy since taking office in July. It will also be her first analysis of Trump’s victory last week. According to extracts released by her office, she’ll argue that “change is in the air” and that it is the job of politicians to respond to voters who are unhappy with changes in society.
“These people -- often those on modest to low incomes living in rich countries like our own -- see their jobs being outsourced and wages undercut,” she’ll say. “They see their communities changing around them and don’t remember giving their permission.”