Time: 9:47 p.m. CEST
President Barack Obama said during the joint news conference with the United Kingdom Prime minister David Cameron possible exit of the UK of the European Union was a topic during the conversation on Friday. Obama said, Britain would go to the “back of the queue” for trade deals with the U.S. in the case if the voters on referendum decide to leave the European Union.
Obama talked during the first day of his three-day official visit to the UK. Obama said that even though the choice would be on British voters to decide, the U.S. wants strong UK in Europe. Obama said: “The UK is at its best when it’s helping to lead a strong European Union. It leverages UK power to be part of the EU. I don’t think the EU moderates British influence in the world, it magnifies it.
President Obama explained the great relationship between two countries.”As part of our special relationship, part of being friends is to be honest and to let you know what I think, and speaking honestly, the outcome of that decision is a matter of deep interest to the US, because it affects our prosperity as well.”
The UK Prime minister David Cameron said, being a member of the EU strengthened Britain’s “special relationship”. On the referendum scheduled for June 23, 2016 Cameron said, “This is our “This is our choice – nobody else – the sovereign choice of the British people – but as we make that choice, it surely makes sense to listen to what our friends think.”
President Obama and first lady Michel Obama have been welcomed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry for a dinner at Kensington Palace. Obama’s had lunch with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh and marked the Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday.