Tuesday 27 September 2016

Brexit will make no difference to me, says Trump

Richard Wheeler London

Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

Donald Trump has insisted Brexit would not put Britain at the back of the queue to secure a US trade deal should he become president.
Donald Trump has insisted Brexit would not put Britain at the back of the queue to secure a US trade deal should he become president.

Donald Trump has insisted Brexit would not put Britain at the back of the queue to secure a US trade deal should he become president.

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The presumptive Republican nominee said it would make no difference to him whether Britain decides to stay with the European Union or chooses to leave next month.

He also adopted a different tone to US President Barack Obama when assessing the time it would take for the UK to secure a new trade deal if it votes to leave.

Mr Obama prompted a furious backlash among Leave campaigners when he warned Britain would be "at the back of the queue".

Mr Trump, in an interview with Piers Morgan due to be aired in full on ITV today, said: "I think if I were from Britain I would probably want to go back to a different system."

Asked if the UK would be at the front of the queue for a trade deal under a Trump presidency, he replied: "I don't want to say front or anything else.

"I mean, I'm going to treat everybody fairly but it wouldn't make any difference to me whether they were in the EU or not."

He added: "You'd certainly not be back of the queue, that I can tell you."

Ukip leader Nigel Farage, responding to a preview aired on ITV, joked: "It just goes to show Donald Trump is measured, neutral, doesn't want to get stuck into the punch-up."

Mr Farage added: "He's given a very diplomatic answer."

The Euro MP said investors believed it made no difference whether Britain chooses to stay or leave the EU.

Asked if he would back Mr Trump for US president, Mr Farage said: "I have difficulty with that.

"Let's put it like this, I couldn't vote for (Hillary Clinton) even if you paid me. If you put me up against a wall it would be (Mr Trump), not Hillary, but I have reservations. Encouraging people to beat up protesters, one or two things like that bother me, but look, I tell you what, I think he's going to win."

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