EU to break up within a decade due to immigration
Presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says the European Union (EU) will break up within a decade because of immigration and Europe will be “unrecognizable.”
He made the remarks in an interview with The Times during a visit to hisTurnberry golf resort in Scotland on Monday, only days after people in the UK voted in a historic referendum to leave the EU.
The property tycoon also warned Scotland against a second independence referendum in the wake of Brexit, noting that Europe may not last that long.
“I think the EU is going to break up. I think the EU might break up before anybody thinks in terms of Scotland,” he said.
Trump claimed that other countries within the bloc will follow Britain’s lead and leave the EU, predicting that Europe “is not going to be recognizable in 10 years” due to immigration.
He once again supported the Brexit vote and said the move will make Britain great again. The billionaire businessman noted that anti-immigration sentiment among the British was the driving force behind the vote to leave.
Trump also said if he were elected president, the US would hold “special” relationship with the UK.
On Thursday, some 51 percent of the people in the UK voted in the referendum to exit the bloc. Prime Minister David Cameron, who had campaigned extensively for the UK to stay in the EU, announced after the vote that he would be stepping down as the British prime minister in October.
The Brexit also created a revolt in the opposition Labour Party as a group of shadow ministers resigned in an effort to force Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to step down.
Corbyn, however, has so far resisted the pressure, dubbed by UK media as a “coup” party, saying on Sunday that “I am not going to betray the trust of those who voted for me – or the millions of supporters across the country who need Labour to represent them.”
After the Brexit vote, the British pound crashed to its lowest levels in 31 years, dropping below $1.35 for the first time since 1985.