EU referendum: Boris Johnson accuses Barack Obama of 'hypocrisy'
londonbdnews24: Boris Johnson has accused US President Barack Obama of "hypocrisy" over his support for the UK remaining in the EU.
The London mayor, who backs EU exit, told the BBC the Americans "wouldn't dream of sharing their sovereignty" as the UK had done.
The US president is expected to repeat his support for Britain's EU membership when he visits the UK next week.
The White House has indicated Mr Obama is ready to offer his view but will stress the decision is for UK voters.
Speaking in Washington, Chancellor George Osborne said it was the "overwhelming view" of foreign governments and international institutions such as the IMF and Nato that the UK should remain.
Backing from Mr Obama could boost Prime Minister David Cameron's efforts to persuade the country to vote to remain in the EU in the 23 June referendum.
Asked about the US president, the London mayor said everything about the history of the US suggested they would never share sovereignty.
"I don't know what he is going to say but, if that is the American argument then it is nakedly hypocritical. The Americans would never dream of it,"
"I think that President Obama has got a perfect right to make any intervention that he wants. Indeed I welcome the views of everybody in this debate.
"I just find it absolutely bizarre that we are being lectured by the Americans about giving up our sovereignty and giving up control when the Americans won't even sign up to the international convention on the law of the seas, let alone the International Criminal Court."
Mr Johnson also reiterated his view that Mr Cameron should stay on as prime minister even if voters backed leaving.
At a rally for the Leave campaign in Newcastle on Saturday, Mr Johnson said the referendum was "a massive opportunity to... burst out of the shackles of Brussels".
The London mayor was applauded when he spoke of the EU being "deeply anti-democratic" and "sometimes borderline corrupt" in how it allocated its budget.
And he said Britain would "thrive and flourish as never before" if it left the EU and agreed its own free trade deals.