Obama plunges into Brexit debate to eurosceptic fury

April 22, 2016 5:57 pm
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Britain's Prince Philip drives US President Barack Obama (2L), US First Lady Michelle Obama (2R) and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) into Windsor Castle after the Obamas arrived for a private lunch on April 22, 2016/AFP
Britain’s Prince Philip drives US President Barack Obama (2L), US First Lady Michelle Obama (2R) and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (R) into Windsor Castle after the Obamas arrived for a private lunch on April 22, 2016/AFP

, LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 22 – US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain’s increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday with a powerful warning against Brexit, arguing that US soldiers had laid down their lives for Europe.

Obama’s rare foray into the domestic politics of another country comes ahead of Britain’s EU membership referendum in June and drew a furious response from eurosceptics like London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Overview
  • Obama's rare foray into the domestic politics of another country comes ahead of Britain's EU membership referendum in June and drew a furious response from eurosceptics like London Mayor Boris Johnson.
  • Writing in the Daily Telegraph, a traditional bastion of euroscepticism, Obama argued that Britain's place in the European Union magnified its global influence and invoked the memory of US troops who died in two world wars.
  • "I realise that there's been considerable speculation - and some controversy - about the timing of my visit," he wrote in a piece published at the start of his four-day trip to Britain.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, a traditional bastion of euroscepticism, Obama argued that Britain’s place in the European Union magnified its global influence and invoked the memory of US troops who died in two world wars.

“I realise that there’s been considerable speculation – and some controversy – about the timing of my visit,” he wrote in a piece published at the start of his four-day trip to Britain.

“I will say, with the candour of a friend, that the outcome of your decision is a matter of deep interest to the United States.

“Tens of thousands of Americans who rest in Europe’s cemeteries are a silent testament to just how intertwined our prosperity and security truly are.

“And the path you choose now will echo in the prospects of today’s generation of Americans.”

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