Nigel Farage, who leads the United Kingdom's Independence Party denounced President Barack Obama in the late hours of June 27. Farage was incensed over Obama’s remarks about the referendum held in Britain that resulted in the popular repudiation of the country’s ties to the European Union.
"[Russian Prime Minister] Vladimir Putin behaved in a more statesmanlike manner than President Obama did in this referendum campaign," Farage told Fox News. "Obama came to Britain and I think behaved disgracefully, telling us we would be at the back of the queue." In contrast, Farage said, "Vladimir Putin maintained his silence throughout the whole campaign."
In his farewell visit to the United Kingdom in April, Obama went on record as encouraging Britons to remain in the EU. He said that the UK were to leave the EU, it would move to the "back of the queue" in trade talks. His remarks caused great consternation in Britain and widespread repudiation among those campaigning for Britain to leave the EU.
Soon after the results of the referendum came in on June 23, the White House released a statement, which affirmed that both the UK and the European Union "will remain indispensable partners of the United States even as they begin negotiating their ongoing relationship to ensure continued stability, security and prosperity for Europe, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the world."
For his part, Farage referred to the so-called “Brexit” referendum a "beacon of hope" for other European countries, while claiming his fellow Britons’ decision was "decided by a basic argument of sovereignty." He said, "We want to govern our own country. We want to make our own laws."
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was in Scotland on the day after the vote. At the Turnberry golf resort he inaugurated that day, Trump said there were sentiments among Britons that his supporters share in the United States. Among them is a demand to restore control of immigrations and national borders.
British voters' decision to leave the EU has been denounced by both European and American progressives, leftists, and financial elites. The process of separation will take at least two years once the British parliament advises EU authorities of its intention to separate from the union.
Speaking today to the European Parliament, Farage was greeted with jeers and boos from some of the members. Martin Schulz, the socialist who serves as president of the EU parliament, admonished the parliamentarians and noted that a feature of democracy is the virtue of listening to political opponents who are found to be disagreeable. Farage recalled in his remarks to the body, "Isn't it funny? When I came here seventeen years ago, and I said I wanted to lead a campaign to get Britain to leave the EU, you all laughed at me. Well, I have to say, you're not laughing now are you?" The reason the EU parliament, "as a political project," said Farage and laughing at him, is that "it is in denial."
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