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Barack Obama says Britain must stay in EU

OWoN: Considering this is the clown who spent his first 4 years dissing Britain, America's loyal and closest Ally, to think his words or views carry any value, is a bigger joke than him.

Britain is re-establishing major links with Asia, cultural and economic. As for that corrupt, inept NATO, who needs them? Goading Russia is for fools. As Napoleon and Hitler found to their cost. But, what would a small time ex-union Organizer know of anything? He can't even find his Birth Certificate or College Records.

As for influence, one of the greatest Cities in the world needs no reference from Chumpsville. Britain must? Says who? 'O' means Washington will lose EU influence if the UK leaves. Like we care? Who needs either of them?

I'd say there's growing recognition that Britain has taken its decisions.

Barack Obama says Britain must stay in EU

US president says Britain is 'best partner', but risks losing its influence on the world stage if it leaves the European Union

The Telegraph
By Barney Henderson
23 July 2015

Barack Obama has said that Britain must stay in the European Union to continue to have a strong influence on the world stage.

The US president said that Britain was America’s “best and most important partner” because of its willingness to go beyond its "immediate self-interests to make this a more orderly, safer world".

But in his strongest warning to date, he said that for Britain to maintain its global influence, it must stay within the EU.

The EU has "made the world safer and more prosperous", and having Britain in it was crucial for America’s “transatlantic union” both with Britain and the rest of Europe, he said.

“(The EU) is part of the cornerstone of institutions built after World War Two that has made the world safer and more prosperous.

“We want to make sure that the United Kingdom continues to have that influence,” Mr Obama told the BBC, reinforcing the importance Washington places on the UK remaining in the EU.

He has previously acknowledged the need to try and “fix what is broken” with the EU before breaking the relationship.

Mr Obama said David Cameron was an outstanding partner and praised the Government for committing earlier this month to Nato's defence spending pledge of two per cent of GDP for the next five years.

"We don't have a more important partner than Great Britain. For him to make that commitment when he has a budget agenda that is confined, a budget envelope that is confined, is significant," he said.

The Budget announcement eased US fears about America’s future ability to rely on Britain as a close military ally.

Ash Carter, the US defence secretary last month said the UK had always "punched above its weight" militarily and it would be "a great loss to the world" if it cut defence spending in a way that suggested it was "disengaged".

In a wide-ranging interview from the White House, Mr Obama said his biggest frustration was the failure to pass "common-sense gun safety laws" in the United States "even in the face of repeated mass killings".

"If you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it's less than 100. If you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it's in the tens of thousands," he said.

"For us not to be able to resolve that issue has been something that is distressing."



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