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'It's a great thing': Trump heralds Brexit

Trump also attacked Angela Merkel over her immigration policy.

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PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD Trump has described Brexit as a “great thing” and said he thinks more countries will leave the EU.

In an interview with conservative politician Michael Gove, Trump said that the EU is just a vehicle for Germany and claimed he would be setting up a trade deal with the UK as soon as they leave the bloc.

Outgoing president Barack Obama had claimed Britain would be “at the back of the queue” if they voted to leave, something he had to retract following the UK’s vote last summer.

Trump told The Times of London: “You look at the European Union and it’s Germany. Basically a vehicle for Germany. That’s why I thought the UK was so smart in getting out.

I believe others will leave. I do think keeping it together is not gonna be as easy as a lot of people think.

“Trump said Brexit is going to happen, and it happened. Everybody thought I was crazy. Obama said, ‘they’ll go to the back of the line,’ and then he had to retract his statement. Countries want their own identity and the UK wanted its own identity, but I do think if they hadn’t been forced to take in all of the refugees then you wouldn’t have a Brexit.”

Trump also attacked Angela Merkel’s immigration policy and declared her decision to bring in thousands of asylum seekers as a “big mistake”.

He added: “I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know taking all of the people from wherever they come from. And nobody even knows where they come from.”

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