If you were studying Newton’s laws of motion, you would know there are three laws. One. an object at rest remains at rest unless acted upon. Two, force = mass x acceleration. And Three – for every force acted upon there is also an equal but opposite force. It’s the third law that Obama and Britain have in common. Since the Brexit, Obama has said when it comes to trade, Britain is at the “back of the que”. It seems at the annual G20 Summit, which this year is in China, Obama is reminding everyone in the world including Britain’s Prime Minister of the “equal but opposite force” and Newton’s third law especially when it comes to trade.
Theresa May endured a bruising first appearance on the world stage today, finding herself on the fringes of the G20’s ‘family photograph’ after a thinly-veiled rebuke from Barack Obama.
H/T Daily Mail:
The Prime Minister lined up for the traditional group shot following a series of difficult meetings with fellow leaders.
In an awkward joint press conference, Mr Obama refused to recant his statement during the EU referendum campaign that Britain would go to the ‘back of the queue’ for a trade deal with the US if it left the Brussels club.
And he also delivered a stark warning that action is needed to stop the Brexit process ‘unravelling’ the special relationship.
The US president’s original comments, made alongside David Cameron in April, were roundly condemned as an intrusion into domestic politics.
Polls have also suggested they were counterproductive – as the public were turned off by his threat,
But asked whether he regretted them today, a defiant Mr Obama – who leaves office in January – refused to back down.
While stressing that he never said Britain would be ‘punished’ for voting to cut ties with Brussels, Mr Obama repeated his view that the ‘world benefited enormously from the UK’s participation in the EU’.
And he made clear that the TTIP trade deal being hammered out with the EU would remain the US’s priority – even though the talks appear to have ground to a halt.
Speaking at a press conference with Theresa May in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, where the summit is taking place, Mr Obama said: ‘Those negotiations are proceeding.
‘It would not make sense for us to put those efforts aside particularly at a time when my working assumption was that if in fact the people of the UK were to leave the EU their first priority would be to renegotiated their terms of trade with the economic unit they sell half of their goods to.’
Both Mr Obama and Mrs May said they would try to minimize the impact of Brexit on the Special Relationship.
‘What I committed to Theresa is that we will consult closely with her as she and her government move forward with Brexit negotiations to ensure that we don’t see adverse effects in the trade and commercial relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom,’ he said.
‘We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that the consequences of the decision don’t end up unravelling what is already a very strong and robust economic relationship.’
OMG! Really? Seriously!?
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I think the key words here are “strong” and “robust”. Excuse me, but when Obama tells Britain to take it to the “back of the queue” – that’s not building a strong or robust economic relationship. What planet is he on? The truth is Britain is going to take their business elsewhere,…thanks to Obama. I hate to tell you, but Britain is NOT going to be at the back of the line with anybody when it comes to trade – they would rather work with Australia than have to deal with Obama. Who wouldn’t? Because when it comes to force, Obama is more like Newton’s first law of motion – an object at rest which remains at rest….regardless of who’s acting upon it.