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Donald Trump to visit UK golf resort as EU referendum result announced

Published 01/06/2016

Donald Trump will be in the UK on June 24 to officially reopen Trump Turnberry
Donald Trump will be in the UK on June 24 to officially reopen Trump Turnberry

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has confirmed he will visit the UK the day after voters go to the polls in the EU referendum.

The presumptive Republican nominee will attend the official reopening of his Trump Turnberry golf course in South Ayrshire on June 24, the day the result of the vote is expected.

Mr Trump will attend a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the resort, which reopened on Wednesday after a £200 million restoration.

He said: "Very exciting that one of the great resorts of the world, Turnberry, will be opening today after a massive £200 million investment.

"I own it and I am very proud of it. I look forward to attending the official opening of this great development on June 24th."

The property was bought by Mr Trump in 2014 and is the second Scottish golf resort he has launched following the opening of Trump International Golf Links, Scotland, in Aberdeenshire in 2012.

Downing Street said no plans had been made to use the occasion for a first meeting between the billionaire tycoon and David Cameron.

Relations between the pair have been frosty after the Prime Minister called Mr Trump's call for a ban on Muslims entering the US "divisive, stupid and wrong".

Mr Trump retaliated by saying he might not have a "very good relationship" with Mr Cameron.

Since Mr Trump became the presumptive nominee, efforts have been made to repair the relationship, with Mr Cameron saying he would be ''very happy'' to meet him if he visited the UK.

A Number 10 source said: "Candidates often come through the country. We are more than happy to meet him on that basis. There are no firm dates set up at the moment. There has been no formal contact."

Mr Trump has seen off the competition in the Republican race but has yet to be formally crowned the official candidate.

When he last visited the resort in July last year, he said the ''special relationship'' between the UK and the US would improve if he became president.

However his comments on the presidential campaign trail about banning Muslims entering the US were met with outrage, provoking a UK parliamentary debate on whether he should be banned from entering the country.

In Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revoked his status as a business ambassador and he was stripped of an honorary degree from Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: "The First Minister does not plan to meet Donald Trump on this visit."

A meeting with Mr Cameron would appear unlikely on June 24, the day after the referendum to decide Britain's future in the EU.

Senior Tory MP Sarah Wollaston tweeted: " Britain needs a @realDonaldTrump visit like it needs a bucket of cold sick. Fortunately there will be other news on June 24th".

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