Having not watched President Obama speaking to the media at the G7 meeting in Brussels, the comments below as reported in the Barclay Beano may not be a completely accurate or contiguous transcript. Nevertheless, the sentiment is clear:
With respect to the future of the United Kingdom, obviously ultimately this is up to the people of Great Britain.
In the case of Scotland, there is a referendum process in place and it’s up to the people of Scotland.
But I would to say the United Kingdom has been an extraordinary partner to us. From the outside at least, it looks like things have worked pretty well.
We obviously have a deep interest in making sure one of the closest allies we will ever remains a strong, robust, united and effective partner.
One wonders if the President, when he has met with the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland – Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness – has shared similar sentiments regarding the United States’ interest in the UK remaining robust, united and effective, or if it’s only Scots who are encouraged to stay put.
Yet again we have the Obama administration attempting to use its popularity overseas to influence the thinking of the British people. Again we see the ‘encouragement’ for the UK to remain stuck in the anti-democratic, sub regional entity that is the EU, when in contrast any attempt to foist a similar settlement on the American people – with foreigners determining America’s foreign policy, trade, agriculture and fisheries etc – most likely being met with… how best to describe it… an uncompromising and robust response from the citizenry.
I don’t have a strong view either way on the Scottish referendum. I would be as content for the union to endure as I would for the Scots people to decide to take full control of their own affairs – although feel it is ridiculous that should they gain such cherished control and self determination, they intend to fall over themselves to hand it back to Brussels. But following Obama’s comments there would be a particular satisfaction in seeing the independence campaign win, just to stick two fingers up at the White House and the interfering teleprompter queen who inhabits it.