The presidential candidate of the United States (US), Donald Trump, has predicted the breakup of the European Union (EU) within the next decade.
This is just as he warned Scotland against the risks of a second independence referendum in the wake of Brexit.
On Thursday, Britain had voted to leave the EU during a historic referendum with a majority of 52% voting for a Brexit.
Speaking at an interview with The Times, during a visit to his Turnberry golf resort in Scotland, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said that without strict migration controls Europe would be unrecognisable within a decade
He said: “The people have spoken. I think the EU is going to break up. I think the EU might break up before anybody thinks in terms of Scotland. I really think that without the immigration issue [the EU] wouldn’t have had a chance of breaking up … the people are fed up, whether it’s here or in other countries. You watch: other countries will follow.”
Immigration has been a key battleground for the presumptive Republican nominee for the Whitehouse, as he suggested to build a wall on the American border with Mexico.
When he was asked how he would deal with Europe’s migrant issue in southern Europe, he said he wouldn’t allow them to enter.
“I would help them but I would have to bring them back and maybe create safe zones over there in some form.”
“You’re going to have to. You cannot allow this to happen to Europe. It would be so much easier for me to tell you: ‘Oh, I’d accept them with open arms,’ but Europe is not going to be recognisable in 10 years.”
Trump said that caution should be a key word for the United Kingdom now, particularly in the case of Scotland as the home nations have to stick together to protect their interests.
“One thing I have to say about Scotland is they have to be careful. The oil price is down and those [Scottish revenue] numbers are a lot different when the oil prices are down.”