Trump says the US is having its own Brexit moment

A bagpipe player wears traditional dress next to Presumptive Republican nominee for US president Donald Trump as he arrives to his Trump Turnberry Resort on June 24, 2016 in Ayr, Scotland.

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A bagpipe player wears traditional dress next to Presumptive Republican nominee for US president Donald Trump as he arrives to his Trump Turnberry Resort on June 24, 2016 in Ayr, Scotland.

There’s a parallel between the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union and the current U.S. political climate, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said Friday morning from Scotland.

His comments come just hours after results from the British referendum showed that the leave camp had won, sending markets into a panic across the globe.

“I think I see a big parallel,” Trump said in response to a question about his own political movement. “People want to take their country back, and they want to have independence in a sense.”

And the British referendum is only the beginning, he said.

“You’re going to have many other cases where they want to take their borders back, they want to take their monetary back, they want to take a lot of things back — they want to be able to have a country again,” Trump said. “So I think you’re going to have this happen more and more, and I really believe that, and I think it’s happening in the United States.”

Describing more of the impetus behind this movement, Trump said that “people want to see borders, they don’t necessarily want people pouring into their country that they don’t know who they are and where they come from.”

Although many arguments were made in favor of leaving the EU, one of the most popular explanations was that the bloc’s open borders risked damaging the U.K.’s national identity and economic well-being.

Trump also said that Britons “took back control of their country. It’s a great thing.”

“People are angry, all over the world, they’re angry,” he said. “They’re angry over borders, they’re angry over people coming into the country and taking over. Nobody even knows who they are. They’re angry about many, many things.”

Asked if he meant in the U.S. or the U.K., Trump said: “There’s plenty of other places. This will not be the last.”

Scotland, which Trump was visiting Friday, overwhelmingly voted to remain in the EU.

He also released a statement following the vote:

The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples. They have declared their independence from the European Union and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy. A Trump administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense. The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries — and our two peoples — are united together, as they will be under a Trump administration.


 Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first. They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people. I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again.

—Reuters contributed to this report.

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