Donald Trump has waded into the EU referendum debate tonight, saying he thinks that Britain is better off walking away from Europe. It was just a matter of time before Trump had his say on Brexit, as the presumptive Republican nominee has never been shy about giving his opinion on a whole host of matters. But whatever people think about Trump, now that he looks to have the GOP race wrapped up, there’s an argument we should take him seriously. After all, where has laughing at Trump got us? Here’s what he had to say on Fox News:
‘I think the migration has been a horrible thing for Europe, a lot of that has been pushed by the EU. I would say that they’re better off without it, personally.’
Trump did go on to say that he wasn’t make his view on Brexit ‘as a recommendation’ and that he wanted Brits to ‘make their own decision’ on the matter. Of course, it goes without saying that Trump’s view won’t be taken as seriously as Obama’s remark that Britain would be left ‘at the back of the queue’ for a trade deal if the UK walked away from Europe. There’s also an argument that his enmity for Obama is such that he’s motivated just to say the opposite of what the President had to say.
Either way, what will prove interesting is whether Vote Leave make use of what Trump had to say. On one hand, ‘The Donald’ is certainly a familiar figure to many. But whether his view is actually helpful to the out campaign in giving their argument gravitas is debatable to say the least.