Monday, December 11

Donald Trump: Britain would not be at ‘back of the queue’ for a US trade deal if it quits European Union



Britain would not be “at the back of the queue” for a new trade deal with America if Britons vote to leave the European Union at the referendum, Donald Trump has said.

The Republican candidate for November’s US Presidential elections directly contradicted Democratic US President Barack Obama who gave the warning after talks with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mr Trump, in an interview with ITV, said: “I don’t want to say front or anything else – I would treat everybody fairly but it would not make any difference to me whether they were in the EU or not.

“You would certainly not be at the back of the queue, that I can tell you.”

Mr Trump confirmed that he would back a Brexit if he had a vote in the referendum on June 23.

He said: “I have no preference I have big investments in Britain but I have no preference. I think if I were from Britain I would probably, I would not want it, I would want to go back to the different system.”

President Obama provoked a furious backlash from the Leave camp last month when he warned a post-Brexit Britain would be at the “back of the queue” when it came to a new economic agreement with Washington.

Mr Trump has rallied against orthodoxy when it comes to trade.

He accuses trade partners such as China of “the greatest theft in the history of the world” and does not believe that America’s openness with the rest of the world is a benefit. He describes the US’ links with China not as free trade, but as “stupid trade”.