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OBAMA: UK WILL GO TO THE BACK OF THE QUEUE. US President Barack Obama has today threatened to slacken trade relations with UK if the British government leaves the European union.
Obama said Britain would go to the “back of the queue” for trade deals with the US if it votes to leave the European Union.
Speaking at the start of a three day visit to the UK, Obama reckoned Britain was and would only be at her best at its best when leading a strong EU. He added that the membership of the UK will only make it a “bigger player” on the world stage.
The words of Obama has not unexpectedly drawn the ire of some British parliamentarians. Dominic Raab, Tory MP, and one if the vocal EU exit campaigner has dubbed Obama a “lame duck” president.
According to the BBC, Mr Raab reportedly described Obama as the biggest trade failure. Raab reportedly said, “The reality is the US has failed and Barack Obama’s biggest trade failure has been in not being able to secure a trade deal with the EU.
“I think those left to pick up the pieces after Obama moves on will be a little bit frustrated about his comments because they don’t reflect US trade policy and I’m sure they won’t reflect future US trade policy. What you had here was a lame-duck American president doing an old British friend a political favour.”
OBAMA: UK WILL GO TO THE BACK OF THE QUEUE
Speaking at a joint press conference with Mr Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron, apparently a pro- EU membership force, corroborated Obama’s views, describing UK’s membership of the EU as that which has strengthened Britain’s “special relationship”.
Cameron reportedly said, “This is our choice – nobody else’s – the sovereign choice of the British people – but as we make that choice, it surely makes sense to listen to what our friends think.
Obama has however faced backlash on his interference in UK’s referendum. Mr Obama’s intervention into the EU referendum debate has been criticized as “hypocritical” by London Mayor and EU leave campaigner Boris Johnson, and UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he was the most anti-British US president ever.
Mr Johnson however said that although he was a “big fan” of Mr Obama, remaining in the EU is “clearly something we have a disagreement on”.
According to the BBC, the London mayor has been under fire over comments he made about Mr Obama’s “part-Kenyan” ancestry in an article for the Sun, suggesting some people thought he had an “ancestral dislike of the British Empire”.
Defending his interference, he said: “Let me be clear: ultimately this is something the British voters have to decide for themselves. “As part of our special relationship, part of being friends is to be honest and to let you know what I think, and speaking honestly, the outcome of that decision is a matter of deep interest to the US, because it affects our prosperity as well.”
The US president has hit back at suggestions that he was not an admirer of Britain’s wartime leader, saying he had a bust of Churchill outside the Treaty Room – his private office on the second floor of his official residence.
“It’s there voluntarily because I can do anything on the second floor. I love the guy,” he said.
He did not refer to Mr Johnson by name, but added:“That’s just on Winston Churchill. I think people should know that, know my thinking there.”