BARACK Obama was last night condemned for trying to “blackmail” Britain into remaining in the EU.
The US President warned the UK would be “at the back of the queue” for a trade deal with America if it quit Brussels.
But his threat provoked outrage and scorn from pro-Brexit campaigners, who dismissed it as yet another scaremongering ploy from the pro-EU lobby.
Mr Obama, who will no longer be in office when decisions on a trade deal are made, delivered a lecture to the British people on why he thinks it is in the UK’s, America’s and the world’s best interests for Britain to vote to stay in the EU on June 23.
The claim, made during a joint news conference with David Cameron, angered Leave campaigners.
Tory Justice Minister Dominic Raab said Mr Obama had made “a pretty cynical intervention”.
What is good for US politicians is not necessarily good for the British people. The US would not dream of opening its border with Mexico, so it is hypocritical for President Obama to insist that we do the same with Europe.”
Richard Tice, co-founder of the Leave.EU campaign, said the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between the US and the 28-member EU was not good for Britain.
“We don’t have a trade deal with the US now because we’re members of the EU,” he said.
“The proposed TTIP deal would be disastrous for British workers. Obama doesn’t have the authority to deny us a deal, as he will be long gone before any such proposals are on the table.”
Before the news conference Ukip leader Nigel Farage said Mr Obama had no understanding of the EU and was talking “utter baloney”.
Citing George Bush getting Britain into the Iraq war, and America’s call, resisted by Harold Wilson, to join forces in Vietnam, Mr Farage added: “I would rather he (Obama) butted out.
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