Friday, 6 May 2016
EU referendum: Donald Trump declares his support for Brexit
From the Independent - Donald Trump adds to Cameron's woes with regard to Brexit by saying that he thinks Britain would be better off outside the European Union because immigration has been “a horrible thing for Europe”.
He also said: “A lot of that was pushed by the EU. I would say that they're better off without it personally, but I'm not making that as a recommendation - just my feeling."
This is in stark contrast to the message from Obama when he visited the UK last month and saying that the UK should remain in the UK - attaching implied threats that the UK would have difficulty obtaining a trade deal with the US if we left. No doubt Trump enjoyed contrasting so sharply with Obama and has criticised him for involving himself in matters that he believes are for UK citizens alone.
Cameron initially had described Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from the country, last year, as “divisive, stupid and wrong”, however, although not retreating on this view he has had to be more conciliatory now that Trump has, all but, won the Republican nomination - and has a good chance of becoming the next president.
Trump's comments on immigration obviously refer to the high numbers of Muslims that have come to the EU - particularly as a result of the conflicts in the Middle East - originally caused by the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq and aggravated by the military aid given to Libyan rebels in their attempts to overthrow Gaddafi. There is little doubt that many in the UK, those who have been most impacted by the high numbers entering Britain, will have sympathy with Trump's view and have suspicions that EU leaders have encouraged the movement of such high numbers - in order to drive down wage levels to help to boost the profits of global corporation's based in the UK and EU.
This view is reinforced by the attitude of the EU Commission's negotiators towards TTIP - where recently leaked documents have shown their eagerness to satisfy corporate America's wish to lower standards of protection across a range of issues.
It is likely that the issue of immigration will be focussed on more intently, particularly, by Farage and UKIP as the Referendum date draws closer. Trump's comments are likely to add to Cameron's concerns for he knows that this is the issue that is most likely to swing the result in favour of the 'Leave' campaigners.