Republican presidential candidate Sen. [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] is taking on President Barack Obama’s pro-European Union foreign policy and reassuring the United Kingdom it will be at the front of the line for a free trade deal if it leaves the EU.
The U.K. will vote for the first time in 40 years on whether it wants to remain a member of the EU or forge a new path as an independent nation.
Obama used a visit to the U.K. April 22 to advise the British people to vote against Brexit and remain members of the EU. In a press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama outlined why he thought the U.K. benefited from EU membership and the potential problems that would arise after a Brexit. (RELATED: What is Brexit? Everything You Need To Know About Britain’s EU Referendum)
Pro-Brexit campaigners were infuriated by the president’s suggestion the U.K. was “going to be in the back of the queue,” for a trade deal if it left the EU.
Cruz shot back in the pages of The Times Wednesday, declaring if he were president the U.K. would not face such an uncertain future in terms of U.S. trade.
“Instead of standing with our allies President Obama routinely hurls insults at them. Sadly, it happened in London last Friday, when the President of the United States informed the British people they would be at the ‘back of the queue’ for a US-UK free trade deal if they dared to vote to leave the EU on June 23,” said Cruz.
Cruz argued Obama’s intervention was nothing less than a slap in the face to British self-determination. “If Brexit takes place, Britain will be at the front of the line for a free trade deal with America, not at the back,” Cruz added. The Texas senator reaffirmed his commitment to the “special relationship” and slammed the president’s foreign policy priorities.
“The British people will shape their destiny, and we will stand with them regardless of the outcome of the referendum. As president, I will work to ensure that our special relationship is reinvigorated — and the Obama doctrine of coddling tyrants while castigating democratic allies will finally be at an end.”
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