The Brits, tired of shouldering a larger fiscal share of support for the European Union and dubious of being forced to take a large share of the north African and middle eastern refugees will vote on staying in the EU on 23 June. The British Exit (Brexit) is now quite popular encouraging a new political party – UKIP.
Don’t know what it is Obama has against the Brits – disdain inherited from his once met father or complete cluelessness -- inappropriate gifts, diplomatic stumbling, sending back the bust of Churchill, and more.
During his recent visit, he adopted the Godfather’s warning that if the UK left the EU, the UK would be sent to the back of the line (he used the Brit term queue) as to any free trade agreements, which the US is negotiating with the EU. Like the Godfather, “Nice little country you got, too bad if it got broken,”
“Barack Obama has warned that the UK would be at the “back of the queue” in any trade deal with the US if the country chose to leave the EU, as he made an emotional plea to Britons to vote for staying in.
The US president used a keenly awaited press conference with David Cameron, held at the Foreign Office, to explain why he had the “temerity to weigh in” over the high-stakes British question in an intervention that delighted remain campaigners.
Obama argued that he had a right to respond to the claims of Brexit campaigners that Britain would easily be able to negotiate a fresh trade deal with the US. “They are voicing an opinion about what the United States is going to do, I figured you might want to hear from the president of the United States what I think the United States is going to do.”
One can tell Obama has entered lame duck status. An official from the US Office of International Trade issued a rebuke that the UK was not too small a nation to negotiate a free trade agreement with. When members of the executive branch of the civil service make statements in direct opposition to the president, one knows Obama is considered a spent round.
Obama doubled down with a statement it could be 10 years before the US would negotiate a trade agreement.
“And on that matter, for example, I think it’s fair to say that maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade agreement, but it’s not going to happen any time soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done”.
He added: “The UK is going to be in the back of the queue.”
A trade deal between Britain and the United States could take five to 10 years to negotiate if Britain votes to leave the European Union in a June 23 referendum, U.S. President Barack Obama told the BBC in an interview broadcast on Sunday."
The mayor of London, who is in favor of the Brexit and quite plain spoken issued a statement.
London Mayor Boris Johnson aired the notion that President Barack Obama harbors an “ancestral dislike” of the British Empire due to his part-Kenyan heritage, in a very public trans-Atlantic rift over thefuture of the U.K.’s membership in the European Union.
I suspect his public affairs office cleaned up Boris’s statement. More likely, it was more like, “Bugger off, Obama!”