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UK Leader: Brexit Got a Boost After Obama ‘Threatened’ Us Not to Do It

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party and one of the biggest pro-Brexit leaders in the country, said during his victory lap this morning that President Obama‘s intervention to stop the Brexit actually helped it.

A few weeks ago, while Obama was in England, he said this during a press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron:

“I think there’s a British poet who once said no man’s an island. Even an island as beautiful as this,” the president said. “We’re stronger together…

“There might be a U.K.-U.S. trade agreement, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon,” Obama said. Leaving the European Union, he added, would push the U.K. to the “back of the queue” on trade.

Republicans publicly criticized Obama for weighing in, and as Farage said on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily today, Obama’s intervention actually had the opposite effect he intended.

He said, “Threatening people too much actually insults their intelligence and the lesson from the Obama visit is even more fascinating.”

The lesson? This:

“Here’s the most powerful man in the world coming from a country that we’ve always had a huge high regard for… and a lot of people in Britain said, ‘How dare the American president come here and tell us what to do?’ And it backfired and I think we got an Obama Brexit bounce because people do not want foreign leaders telling them how to think and how to vote.”

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