Monday 5 December 2016

Brexit: real friends will tell you the hard truths

Published 23/04/2016 | 02:30

Barack Obama. Photo: AP
Barack Obama. Photo: AP

They say if you try to be a friend to all, you'll finish being a friend to none. But speaking the truth can be a thankless task, as US President Barack Obama discovered on his trip to London yesterday.

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He may have walked somewhat roughly over diplomatic convention by speaking plainly on the dangers of a Brexit, but warning an ally about danger should not be regarded as an undue interference.

He was simply stating the unvarnished truth when he said that Britain would not be able to strike a free trade deal with the US "any time soon" and would go to the "back of the queue" if it leaves the EU.

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