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Brexit would not put UK back of the queue for US trade deal, says Donald Trump

Published 15/05/2016

Donald Trump says said it would make no difference to him whether Britain decides to stay with the European Union (AP)
Donald Trump says said it would make no difference to him whether Britain decides to stay with the European Union (AP)

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.

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 on Monday, 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 the clip aired on ITV's Peston On Sunday, 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 believe it makes 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."

He added: "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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