US President Donald Trump has made a major U- turn and abandoned his original pro-Brexit stance. In an interview with the Financial Times, he poured praise upon the European Union and said he thought they were getting it right and “getting their act together” and acknowledged for the first time his miscalculation and wrong prediction that the European Union would scatter and fall like a pack of cards once Britain left.
“I’d have thought that when Brexit happened, more countries would follow , but i think the European Union is getting their act together. It could be a very good thing for both,” he said.
He added, ” If you would have asked me that the day after the election…..I’d have said yeah, It will start to come apart. But they have done a very good job and- I’m meeting with them very soon- they have done a very good job in bringing it back together.”
He acknowledged that the centre ground in Europe appeared to be holding: ” I think they have done a better job since Brexit. I think they have done a better job. There’s a different spirit that was not there when they were fighting with the UK.”
Donald Trump previously supported Brexit and also publicly gave a voice for Brexit. He built up a good rapport and friendship with Brexit campaigners especially Nigel Farage whom he introduced as Mister Brexit plus to his crowd of supporters during his Presidential campaigns in the US.
And he warned that once Brexit went through, Europe would disintegrate, a prediction that for now seems to be far fetched. Infact, the European Union seems to be holding steady and forging a new and strong path post Brexit.
Political experts say a change of tone on Brexit and the near endorsement of the European Union will prove how unpredictable Trump is. It will dampen the mood in the Brexit camp.
Previously, the Brexit camp thought Trump would abandon the European Union and prioritise trade and political relations with Britain but Trump’s interview with the Financial Times show that his view on the European Union is shifting and he is recognising that the EU is still a powerful entity that he can not simply dismiss or talk down to.