David Cameron may have called EU referendum to blackmail Europe Vladimir Putin has waded into the Brexit debate by suggesting that David Cameron may have called the EU referendum to blackmail Europe or scare someone.
There is a great problem with Brexit, why did he initiate this vote in the first place? Why did he do that? So he wanted to blackmail Europe or to scare someone, what was the goal if he was against? Mr Putin said, according to the Press Association, on Friday night.
He denied suggestions that Russia would benefit from Britain’s possible decision to leave the European Union.
Speaking at a meeting with the leaders of major international news agencies, Mr Putin said he had an opinion on the matter but would not voice it because it is not “our business at all – it is the business of the people of the UK”.
“Who can predict it? No one can predict it. I have my own opinion on this matter – whether it is good or bad – but I will refrain from giving the forecast. I think it would be improper on my part to do that.
“Whatever I say will be interpreted to the benefit of either side, that’s the business of the EU and the people of the UK.
“Different experts have different estimates about whether Brexit will benefit Great Britain or not, some say it will be to the detriment and some say the EU will be more stable and stronger.
“In the UK itself for example – they are going down in boats saying how hard it is to live with restrictions in fishing. Yes they have a problem, well there are some benefits in other sectors. If you have to weigh all these things it is very complicated.”
Barack Obama, the US president, strongly supports Britain remaining in the EU. In April, he said Britain would go “to the back of the queue” and would not be able to strike a trade deal with America “any time soon” if it leaves the European Union.
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, he said: “As citizens of the United Kingdom take stock of their relationship with the EU, you should be proud that the EU has helped spread British values and practices – democracy, the rule of law, open markets – across the continent and to its periphery.
“The European Union doesn’t moderate British influence – it magnifies it.”