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Dan Gilmore / Apr. 25, 2016

Obama Threatens to Send Ally to Back of Economic Queue

Obama was lecturing the world on how he thinks it should work.

Barack Obama was in England this weekend to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, but also to discourage the country from declaring independence from the European Union. Of course, he didn’t say his reason for the visit was to sway British subjects ahead of the nation’s June referendum on whether to leave the EU, but the signs were there. In a Telegraph op-ed, Obama said the UK’s membership in the EU “helped spread British values and practices.” But that’s a load of bullocks, according to London Mayor Boris Johnson, who pointed out it’s the EU that writes the majority of British law. Furthermore, Johnson said Obama was downright hypocritical because America would never stand for the meddling, open borders and loss of sovereignty that comes with a membership in the EU. Well, Obama would…

But the most notable empty threat from Obama came when he warned that Great Britain would lose out economically if it decided to distance itself from the rest of Europe. “I think it’s fair to say that maybe some point down the line, there might be a U.K.-U.S. trade agreement,” Obama said during a press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron by his side, “but it’s not going to happen anytime soon, because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done, and the U.K. is going to be in the back of the queue.” The trade deal with the EU isn’t even popular, but that’s not going to stop Obama from dissing allies and lecturing the world on how he thinks it should work.

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