While attending a technology conference in Boston, former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg said in an interview that Brexit is the “single stupidest thing any country has ever done” apart from the election of Donald Trump as US president.
Bloomberg argued that “it is really hard to understand why a country that was doing so well wanted to ruin it” with the Brexit vote.
“I thought it was the single stupidest thing any country has ever done but then we Trumped it,” the billionaire media mogul said.
“One of the things that is hurting us both in the United States and in the UK is that we have employees, not a lot but some, who are starting to say: ‘I don’t want to work here – can we transfer to someplace else? This country doesn’t like immigrants,’” Bloomberg said.
“All this talk in Washington – words have consequences. Whether we change the immigration laws or not, there is general feeling around the world that America is no longer an open, welcoming place and a lot of people don’t want to go there, and the same thing is happening in the UK because of Brexit.”
Bloomberg first made the comments at the HUBweek conference in Boston less than two weeks ago – and then repeated his quip about Brexit and Trump at an event in France on Monday.
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