The Brexit will hamper US-UK trade:President Obama
April 23, Washington DC: United States President Barack Obama on Friday stated that trade with UK would no longer be priority, if it votes to leave the EU.
"If you want to know what the United States, I figured that you would want to hear it from the president of the United States about what I think the US will do. It would be fair to say somewhere down the line the US might be interested in trade deals with the UK, but it won't be anytime soon because we are interested in trade deals with the whole block, called the EU," he said on his first day of his visit to the UK.
According to him, Britain was at its best when "helping to lead" a strong EU and membership made it a "bigger player" on the world stage. : "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."America wants Britain's influence to grow, including within Europe."
Similarly, Speaking at a joint press conference with Mr Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron said being a member of the EU strengthened Britain's "special relationship"."This is our choice - nobody else's - the sovereign choice of the British people - but as we make that choice, it surely makes sense to listen to what our friends think, : he added.
EU exit campaigners reacted angrily to his words, with Tory MP Dominic Raab dubbing him a "lame duck" president.
The Oslo Times