In the hotly anticipated Brexit vote Thursday, British citizens chose to “leave” the European Union, defying many poll predictions.
Those voters also defied U.S. President Barack Obama, who was a strong supporter of the “remain” movement and had voiced his opinion during a recent trip to the U.K. in what many considered was a tone deaf meddling in Britain’s domestic affairs — the very issue that had many Brits wanting to leave the EU in the first place.
Donald Trump was an advocate for the so-called “Brexit,” and it seems that he was the only American politician speaking the same language as British voters, a move that could pay huge dividends in Trump’s foreign policy credibility.
Obam’s advice to the citizens of Great Britain may have actually persuaded them to leave rather than stay. Back in April, Obama warned British voters that they could be at the “back of the queue” in trade with the U.S. if they left the EU. This statement did not go over well with many Brits.
Andrew Roberts, in particular, disliked what the president had to say and took to writing in the Wall Street Journal, saying:
“Surely — surely — this is an issue on which the British people, and they alone, have the right to decide, without the intervention of President Obama, who adopted his haughtiest professorial manner when lecturing us to stay in the EU, before making the naked threat that we would be sent “to the back of the queue” (i.e., the back of the line) in any future trade deals if we had the temerity to vote to leave.”
Roberts, a right-wing British journalist (yes, apparently there are some) made several good points in regard to President Obama’s statement, speaking of the long-standing healthy relationship between Great Britain and the United States.”
“Was my country at the back of the line when Winston Churchill promised in 1941 that in the event of a Japanese attack on the U.S., a British declaration of war on Japan would be made within the hour?” he asked rhetorically. “Were we at the back of the line on 9/11, or did we step forward immediately and instinctively as the very first of your allies to contribute troops to join you in the expulsion of the Taliban, al Qaeda’s hosts, from power in Afghanistan?”
Hillary Clinton was among those who backed a “remain” vote, having previously issued a statement through a senior policy adviser saying that Clinton “believes that transatlantic cooperation is essential, and that cooperation is strongest when Europe is united. She has always valued a strong United Kingdom in a strong EU. And she values a strong British voice in the EU.”
Well, the citizens of Britain did not agree with either the current U.S. president or the Democrat who hopes to be the next one, so they can put that in their pipe and smoke it.
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