US Audio Analyses: Obama’s Intervention over Britain and European Union

PHOTO: British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama on Friday

Britain’s politics and media were dominated on Friday by President Obama’s visit, in particular his comments over June 23’s British referendum on European Union membership.

In both a newspaper column and a press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama said that it serves US interests for Britain to remain in the EU, with the US preferring a stronger, united Europe.

Unsurprisingly, the intervention brought a heated response from opponents of EU membership. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, avoided a factual response — instead, he chided the “part-Kenyan” President for a supposed hostility to British colonialism and spread a false story about Obama removing the bust of Winston Churchill from the White House.

I talked through the issues and the politics with BBC Radio Wales on Friday.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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