Daily Debrief April 24th

My final comments on Obama visit.

President Obama’s recent intervention in the British Referendum debate, threatening that the UK would be “at the back of the queue” for a US/UK trade deal, should be treated with the contempt it deserves.  It is quite improper for a foreign Head of State to interfere in this way.  It is also not credible.  There are several key points to be made.

First of all, Obama is a lame duck President in the final year of his second term.  While Hilary Clinton might take a similar view to Obama, many Republicans would not.

Secondly, neither the EU nor the UK has a USA trade deal today, so an independent UK would be in exactly the same position with regard to US trade as it (and other EU member states) are today.  Yes, there is an EU/US trade deal (TTIP) currently under negotiation, but it is highly controversial.  Both the timing and the outcome are extremely uncertain.

The UK joined the Common Market in 1973, and has been unable to make independent trade deals since then.  In my view, we should have had a free trade deal with the USA decades ago had we not been in the EU.

Thirdly, trade deals are about mutual benefit.  A good trade deal is beneficial to both parties.  It is a win-win deal which in this case would benefit the USA as well as the UK.  President Obama has been criticised for following the worst examples of EU policy, and in seeking to use the offer (or denial) of a free trade deal as a a diplomatic lever for a political objective, he is doing so again.

The UK is a major trading partner of the USA.  In threatening to withhold a UK/USA trade deal for political reasons, Obama is in effect threatening to disadvantage the very country he represents.  This is why his threatnis not credible.

This is a deliberate and impudent attempt at blackmail which should be dismissed accordingly.


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12 Responses to Daily Debrief April 24th

  1. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    I agree with you.

  2. Ken Dickenson says:

    Perhaps someone could ask such as Boeing Aircraft, Ford Motors, etc if they intend to cease trading with the UK when we leave the EU? I wonder if they are aware of what Obama is deciding on their behalfs.

    • catweazle666 says:

      The UK is a Level One partner in the F35 Joint Strike Fighter project, the vital central lifting fan for example is being developed by Rolls-Royce and much of the tail by BAE.

      Is Obama going to cancel the F35 collaboration and scrap the whole project? The Remainiacs want us to believe he will…

      • Ex-expat Colin says:

        Military equipment procurement is an exception….I hope! Fooling about with such costly/lengthy contracts would attract large penalties and screw the military. But never let an opportunity to screw the military slip by? Lunches and travel costs are cheaper and much less permissible?

  3. Francis says:

    I just worry that some will believe this nonsense from Pres. Obama. He has never been much of a friend to the UK anyway, so to now claim he speaks as our friend is a further insult.

  4. Nigel Greaves says:

    Obama quite clearly should not have interfered in the way that he did, but we are stuck with it now.
    He’s now using his smarm offensive with Merkel, lying to her about her idea to stop the influx of refugees by holding them in areas near to the battle zones that they are fleeing from ~ it will end in disaster and he knows it .
    So he’s lied here, and now he’s at it in Germany. My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that its a last ditch effort to push the TTIP deal through and salvage something at the end his lame-duck presidential term. The fact that Cameron failed to negotiate the EU reforms that he promised fell quite nicely for Obama’s agenda as he was able to help Cameron out as well as doing his best to keep us in the EU. If we do stay in then Cameron is onside for pushing TTIP through, another dodgy deal by the sound of it.

  5. Jane Davies says:

    He was on our news tonight licking Merkel,s boots and saying her handling of the refugee crisis was the right thing to do…..has he not seen or heard ANY news from that neck of the woods as to how this influx has impacted on the lives of regular folk? Silly question…….of course he hasn’t, there is very little world news on US media. Then there is the question….how many refugees has Obama opened his arms to? Answers on a very small postcard please.
    As for TTIP….. this is not wanted by most citizens of Europe, but since when did the will of the people have anything to do with so called public servants who are paid by the people to put their interests first? Big bucks to be made by the big corporations take priority over the needs of the ordinary tax paying public.

  6. Vic Kerton says:

    Great news above BUT how is this being presented by those who represent us on the Leave group. It’s all very well commenting online but how and when is it getting out by our Leave representatives. On the EU/USA Trade deal nothing that the EU does will happen any time soon as they have to get the agreement of 28 members to progress,

  7. Shieldsman says:

    Another President steps out of isolationist America onto the World stage, makes rash unwarranted statements (pats everyone on the head) then retreats to his problems at home.

  8. Roger Turner says:

    What the hell do you mean this is your “final” comment Roger?
    Does nobody realise this so obvious stitch up has handed the LEAVE campaign with a game set and match opportunity that will ENERGISE and WEAPONISE a dreary campaign, inept so far from the Vote LEAVERS who if you read Kathy Gyngell`s excoriating article in the Conservative Woman (She`s a supporter of Nigel ) will bring you up to date on their uselessness!
    Anyway, back to Obama, “Francis” says it is an insult – I agree with him, in fact I`m furious, as I found on Saturday morning members of the public thought so too – This referendum won`t be won on facts or propaganda, it will be won on TRUST and this when added to all the other distrustful acts by Primarily Cameron (Coulson, Riding horses Rebecca, Dodgy Inconsequential Negotiations, Dodgy Propaganda Dossier £9.3 million etc.etc.etc.)but his fellow travelling Remainians, and Corbyn and Cameron`s contention that they can ever get anything back by remaining in the inside is not only pathetic. but risible.
    The attitudes in the news conference spoke volumes every item Obama mentioned to slag off his “bestest ever friend”, and his country got a simpering smile, a shrug and a nod, as the prepared list of insults were ticked off.
    It was done purely for American interests, which happened to coincide with Camerons.
    In essence Obama Hates the UK for many reasons that Boris named one concerning his parentage, he forgot to mention Obama`s claimed Irish relationship too, but you only have to look at his handling of the “British Petroleum” booboo ;he sees this corpse of a nation nicely boxed up in a “Care Home for Elderly Failing European Nations”, showing signs of being a loose cannon, breaking free and linking up with it`s Commonwealth once more – back on the world stage and interfering with US global primacy “There isn`t room for the both of us on this Planet”, so he fixes up with Cameron who doesn`t really believe like Cleggy that we are “good enough” to stand on our own even, never mind have any influence in global affairs.
    So he latched onto BREXIT causing uncertainty and ensured it was certain that`s what we would get, Trade agreement “WE¬D BE SENT TO THE BACK OF THE LINE (Oops Q)”
    What does Obama get out of this super “dissing”?
    Oh! we stay in the nice comfy box, with all our dozing pals and wait for our seat on the Security Council to pass to the ineffective and failing EU. Game, set and match he rules the world.
    The first trade deal we should sign on day 1 would be with Russia, the cancel Hickley Point and build gas power stations using very cheap Russian gas – it would be worth it to them to get rid of sanctions.
    Vote LEAVE and GOoooooooooooooo
    and for godsake Roger Comment every day on Trust – the don`t knows will crumble.

    • Jane Davies says:

      I was thinking Roger meant it would be his last comment on here, his blog, about Obama’s visit as he knows he is preaching to the converted. I would hope, indeed assume, that UKIP, having been handed this own goal by Cameron, will capitalise on it from now until the eve of the referendum.

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