Elena Valenciano, MEP and S&D spokesperson on foreign affairs and trade, said: "With a protectionist US President openly questioning our multilateral world order, and the territorial encroach of Russia and China on the rise, more than ever as Europeans we must stand united and strengthen our ties with our closest allies. In today’s world there is probably no other country with whom we Europeans share more values and interests than Canada.
"Neither unfettered neoliberalism nor wall-building are viable answers to globalisation. As progressives we must stand for openness, democratic rules, public oversight and protecting people by ensuring that trade is not only free but also fair - because no one else will. CETA is just one step on the road towards a progressive trade policy for which we will be pushing now more than ever, until we manage globalisation to the benefit of everyone."