Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has praised Britain’s decision to exit the European Union (EU), a dramatic departure that has dawned a new era of political and economic uncertainty.
On June 24, in a national referendum, British citizens chose to leave the EU by a vote of 52 to 48 percent. The decision has resulted in U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation and the value of the British pound experiencing its worst drop in over 30 years, The Daily Beast reports.
There were a myriad of factors that led to Brexit, but the most prominent issues were U.K. sovereignty and control of its borders as Europe is undergoing a period of economic stagnation and is overwhelmed by refugees pouring in from the Middle East.
The Trump campaign released a statement praising Brexit on the business mogul’s Facebook page.
"The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples," the statement read. "They have declared their independence from the European Union, and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy."
Trump had previously commented that he was unlikely to have a good relationship with Prime Minister Cameron. Now, the business mogul has vowed to work collaboratively with the next U.K. leadership.
"A Trump administration pledged to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense," he wrote in the post. "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."
The presumptive GOP nominee then compared the upcoming U.S. presidential election to the U.K. referendum, equating Britain’s decision to exit the EU to the prospect of American voters choosing him as their next president.
"Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence," Trump continued. "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."
Trump concluded that he hoped "America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again."
The presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, released her own statement addressing how the Brexit vote would impact the world economy and reaffirmed the special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K., ITV reports.
“We respect the choice the people of the United Kingdom have made,” Clinton said. “Our first task has to be to make sure that the economic uncertainty created by these events does not hurt working families here in America.
“We also have to make clear America’s steadfast commitment to the special relationship with Britain and the transatlantic alliance with Europe."