US President Barack Obama has been accused of doing Downing Road’s bidding – after he stated the UK can be at “the again of the queue” for American commerce offers if it left the EU.
Mr Obama was criticised by professional-Brexit campaigners after he warned of the results of the UK leaving the EU.
UKIP’s Nigel Farage stated Mr Obama was “speaking down Britain”, whereas Tory Liam Fox stated his views have been “irrelevant”.
Mr Obama, on a 3-day UK go to, will meet Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn later.
In a speech in London, the US president urged younger individuals to “reject pessimism and cynicism” and to “know that progress is feasible and our issues might be solved”.
“Progress isn’t inevitable,” he stated and have to be fought for. “Take an extended, extra optimistic view of historical past.”
Mr Obama’s intervention on the EU problem got here on his first full day within the UK and comes simply weeks forward of the 23 June in-out referendum.
Talking at a joint information convention with Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday, Mr Obama stated the US “needs Britain’s affect to develop – together with inside Europe”.
“The UK is at its greatest when it is serving to to steer a robust European Union. It leverages UK energy to be a part of the EU.
“I do not assume the EU moderates British affect on the earth, it magnifies it.”
BBC political correspondent Iain Watson stated Mr Obama’s message on commerce was “very blunt” and “actually upped the ante” within the referendum debate.
Depart campaigner Mr Farage drew consideration to the US president’s terminology, saying his use of the phrase “again of the queue” quite than the extra widespread American vernacular “again of the road” steered Mr Obama was doing the prime minister’s “bidding”.
“I feel that is shameful,” he added.
Mr Fox stated Mr Obama can be leaving the White Home quickly, and subsequently his feedback have been “largely irrelevant”.
Conservative MP Dominic Raab labelled Mr Obama a “lame-duck American president doing an previous British good friend a political favour”.
Downing Road rejected ideas that any strains had been fed to Mr Obama, saying the US president spoke for himself.
Sir Andrew Cahn, a former chief government of UK Commerce & Funding, advised BBC Radio four’s In the present day programme that Britain would “miss out on one thing essential and worthwhile” if it left the EU and was not a part of a proposed trade deal between the bloc and the US.
Former overseas secretary Lord Owen stated “Britain must create new markets away from the EU”.
In the meantime, one other outstanding Depart campaigner – former cupboard minister Iain Duncan Smith – has tried to maneuver the referendum debate on to immigration.
In an article within the Day by day Mail, he says the introduction of a nationwide dwelling wage – a transfer he supported whereas in authorities – will “certainly result in one other stampede to our borders”.
He provides: “To make the Dwelling Wage work for British individuals, we’d like to have the ability to management the variety of individuals coming in.”
Earlier on Saturday, Mr Obama visited the Globe Theatre, the place celebrations marking the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s dying are happening.
He watched actors carry out a number of scenes from Hamlet, later becoming a member of them on stage.
“That was fantastic. I did not need it to cease,” he stated.
Later, he’ll maintain talks with Labour chief Mr Corbyn.
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