Sunday 19 June 2016 7:37 pm

Donald Trump confirms his support for a Brexit just days before the polls open

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has confirmed his support for the ‘Leave’ campaign, ahead of Thursday’s EU referendum.

The Republican nominee said he was hoping for an ‘out’ vote due to concerns over EU bureaucracy and immigration. Smaller government and stricter immigration controls have been two of the key issues of his presidential campaign, and have helped him win a sweeping victory as the presumptive Republican presidential candidate.

Trump, whose late mother was Scottish, has been vocal about his support for a Brexit, confirming his stance in an interview with the Sunday Times.

I would personally be more inclined to leave, for a lot of reasons like having a lot less bureaucracy," he said. "But I am not a British citizen. This is just my opinion."

In the same interview, Trump added that he would pursue a good relationship with Britain if became president. He will next visit the UK on Friday 24 June – the day after the EU referendum.

Current President Barack Obama and the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton have both encouraged voters to stay in the EU, with Obama famously warning that a post-Brexit Britain would be “at the back of the queue” when it came to making trade deals.