The foreign secretary has clashed with Boris Johnson over the London mayor’s claim that it would be hypocrisy for Barack Obama to call for Britain to remain in the EU. Philip Hammond defended the right of foreign leaders, including the US president, to intervene in the referendum debate. He suggested voters could be deceived by claims from some in the Brexit camp about the possibility of strengthened relations with English-speaking countries in the event of a vote to leave the EU. Downing Street has refused to comment on reports that the US president, who has previously made it clear that America wants its closest ally to remain part of the EU, will visit the UK next month to make the case to voters. Speaking at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Hammond said that although the referendum was a matter for the British people to decide, “it is those who are campaigning for an out vote who have talked so much about the Anglosphere, about Britain’s alternative possibilities if we were to exit”. He added: “I think it’s important that we hear from those people in the Anglosphere – not just President Obama but the leaders of Australia,… Read full this story
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