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Cameron Seeks Obama’s Help in his Domestic Battle
The visit of the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, to the US on 13 May 2013 has proved once again that Britain is still a mere satellite state revolving in the US sphere. Not only did Cameron content himself during his visit with propagating the project of the “interim government” and the political solution in Syria as America wanted after she had reached an agreement with Russia, he also sought the help of the US president, Barack Obama, in solving his country’s domestic problems.
Cameron is facing huge pressures in parliament, especially from several MPs of his own party who want Britain to leave the European Union (EU) and return to the old “special relationship” with America. Cameron’s visit to Washington came one week ahead of the British parliament’s token vote on the EU. A third of the government’s MPs, about 100 Eurosceptics, are expected to defy him.
Cameron went to America to request her support against a number of MPs, including some from his own party, so that he may renegotiate Britain’s EU membership. Barack Obama obliged by saying, “David's basic point, that you probably want to see if you can fix what's broken in a very important relationship before you break it off, makes some sense to me.”
Obama realises that the ongoing struggle at Westminster over the future of Britain’s EU membership is a British domestic issue; he expressed this stance by stating that he did not wish to meddle in Britain’s home affairs. He said, "The people of the U.K. have to make decisions for themselves." Notwithstanding this statement, Obama dared sending an explicit message about Britain and its role vis-à-vis the US policy by saying, “The U.K.'s participation in the EU is an expression of its influence and its role in the world, as well as obviously a very important economic partnership.” Obama also did not hesitate in sending a message to the Eurosceptics who, unlike America, want to see Britain quit the EU. He said, “And I know that David has been very active in seeking some reforms internal to the EU. Those are tough negotiations. You've got a lot of countries involved, I recognize that. But so long as we haven't yet evaluated how successful those reforms will be, I at least would be interested in seeing whether or not those are successful before rendering a final judgment.”