LONDON — President Barack Obama faced a furious backlash on his visit to the U.K. Friday, accused of hypocrisy by lawmakers — including the mayor of London — after intervening in Britain’s national referendum on the European Union.
The president was accused of an “incoherent” and “perverse” intervention in the country’s acrimonious debate after urging British voters to remain in the political bloc.
Mayor Boris Johnson, who is also the leader of the anti-EU campaign, also speculated that “part-Kenyan” Obama was expressing an “ancestral dislike of the British empire.”
Britons will vote in a June 23 referendum on whether to remain in the EU or leave. The so-called Brexit debate has divided the country (PDF) and its political establishment.