In response to news that the UK may hold a referendum on membership in the EU, Philip H. Gordon of the U.S. State Department who was in London recently made it very clear what the United States thinks of that idea.
“We have a growing relationship with the EU as an institution, which has an increasing voice in the world, and we want to see a strong British voice in that EU. That is in America’s interests. We welcome an outward-looking EU with Britain in it.”
“The EU in particular is such a critical partner for the United States on all of these global issues and therefore we also value a strong UK voice in that European Union. Britain has been such a special partner of the United States - that shares our values, shares our interests, and has significant resources to bring to the table. More than most others, its voice within the European Union is essential and critical to the United States."
Frankly I have never given a moment's thought to what the U.S. thinks of the EU. Sure, I am vaguely aware that some right-wingers in the U.S. are pretty contemptuous of it but since I know many Europeans who have equal contempt for the American Right, I figured it was a draw and safe to ignore. I've noticed however that when it really matters the U.S. and the EU seem to work pretty closely on security issues and migration.
But the above statements by Mr. Gordon are practically a declaration of love. The EU is not only a fine institution with a "growing relationship" with the US but it's at the level of "critical partner." All Europeans should go out tomorrow and buy themselves bigger hats.
All except for the Brits of course who only get one if they agree to stay on the team.