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Trump to visit Scotland one day after 'Brexit' vote

  • Trump bought The Turnberry hotel on the west-coast of Scotland in 2014. (Photo: KFCSpike)

Donald Trump, the frontrunner in the race to be US Republican presidential candidate, will visit Scotland on 24 June, the day after the UK's referendum on whether it should stay in the European Union.

Trump bought The Turnberry hotel on the west coast of Scotland, 80 km south-west of Glasgow, in 2014. The hotel and golf resort has just opened after a major redevelopment and has been renamed Trump Turnberry.

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The timing of Trump's visit has raised speculation on whether his trip is a coincidence or politically motivated.

He has supported the Leave side of the Brexit debate, while US president Barack Obama has urged the UK to stay in the EU.

Trump also said that Britain leaving the European Union would make no difference to a potential bilateral trade deal if he became president, according to an interview clip aired by UK broadcaster ITV on 15 May.

"I don't think they'll be hurt at all. I mean, they'll have to make their own deal. Britain's been a great ally," he said.

A Scottish government spokesman told The Guardian, a British daily, that Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, had no plans to meet the Republican candidate.

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