Trump’s Scottish golf courses blame Brexit for nearly £15m loss

3rd February 2023 | Jack Oliver

The parent group of Donald Trump’s Scottish golf courses has blamed the effects of Brexit for a year of poor trading in 2021 which saw the group’s losses nearly treble to almost £15m.

Eric Trump, director of Golf Recreation Scotland and son of the former president, cited a break in supply chains and an inability to access labour as a result of Brexit as a reason for poorer trading.

President Trump was a prominent advocate for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union in the run up to the 2016 referendum.

The Eric Trump’s statement also highlighted the impact of COVID-19 and subsequent government sanctions which led to the closure of the golf courses for a three-month period, although said that once the sites were able to reopen trading has since returned to pre-Pandemic levels.

Despite the overall losses for the group in the year ending December 31 2021, trading at the flagship Turnberry resort returned to 2019 levels.

Eric Trump said that ownership of the site “remains fully committed to the resort and future plans are set to enhance the resort further.”


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