I never did understand the case for Britain’s continued membership in the European Union. Barack Obama’s threat against Brexit — issued at the invitation of Prime Minister Cameron, no less, and perhaps scripted by Ben Rhodes — made for a clarifying moment. Is Barack Obama a friend of Great Britain? I don’t think so. If one hesitated to make the leap to Leave, that should have sealed the deal all by itself.
Seth Lipsky puts it slightly differently in his New York Sun editorial:
What a sad thing that President Obama joined the campaign against British independence. He blundered in threatening that a vote for Brexit would strand Britain at the “back of the queue” for an American trade agreement; imagine FDR saying something like that to Churchill (not to compare the EU, even at its worst, to Hitler). One of the greatest advantages Brexit offers is the logic of an expanded special relationship with America, the vast British Commonwealth, and the entrepreneurial nations.
I would put it slightly differently. Obama is a transparently false friend. He was doing his thing, as usual, in the service of a bad cause.
“Britons never will be slaves,” in the words of the old song. Rule, Brexit!
The administrative superstructure of the European Union is a monstrosity out of some dystopian nightmare. God speed to the British people in retaking their sovereignty and in reclaiming the title deed to their liberties.