Donald Trump has moved the date of his visit to the UK back to the eve of the EU referendum vote. The yet-to-be confirmed Republican presidential candidate was originally due to visit Scotland on 24 June to officially reopen his multi-million pound Turnberry golf resort in South Ayrshire – the day the historic result was due to be announced.
However, the billionaire tycoon has now announced he will arrive Scotland on 22 June to open the £200m ($288m) Turnberry resort, before moving on to his Trump Scotland resort in Aberdeen and finally the Trump Doonbeg resort in Ireland.
Although there is no official reason for changing the date of the visit , there is speculation Trump may want to intervene in the EU debate as he has previously spoken about how the UK should vote to leave the Union.
Several campaign groups have already organised protests to coincide with the controversial 69-year-old's visit in the wake of his comments regarding banning all Muslims from entering the US. One group, using the slogan Stand up to Trump, wrote on Facebook: "Donald Trump, the candidate running the most racist presidential campaign in generations is visiting Britain on 24th June.
"As well as calling on a blanket ban on Muslims entering the US, Trump has a long history of racist outbursts. He has said 'laziness is a trait in blacks', described Mexican immigrants as 'criminals' and 'rapists', and condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter activist at one of his rallies. Join the protest on 22 June to show that Donald Trump's brand of bigotry is not welcome in Scotland."
Jonathon Shafi, who helped organise a separate protest under the campaign group Scotland Against Trump, told the Herald: "Everywhere he goes he should be protested and these demonstrations should feature a broad coalition of everyone who is concerned about what a Trump presidency might mean - climate change activists, those interested in human rights, trade unionists, and anti-racism campaigners, to name just a few."
It is unlikely UK Prime Minister David Cameron will meet the US presidential hopeful during his visit. The pair previously had a heated exchange over Trump's Muslim comments. The prime minister said he would not withdraw or apologise for his remarks describing Trump as "stupid" and "divisive".
However, Cameron has now said should Trump win the presidential election, he will "find a way" to be on good terms with him but reiterated he "wouldn't remove any of the adjectives" he has used to describe him.
Cameron told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "Whoever wins that election, I'm sure the British prime minister will have a good relationship with them as we always have done. The special relationship is bigger than the individuals involved. I'm sure that we'd find a way."