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U.S. needs you in EU, Obama tells British voters

London – United States President, Barack Obama, has called on the British voters to stay in the European Union.

Obama, who arrived in London late Thursday on a two day visit, said that this has become imperative because U.S. needed them there.

“The U.S. sees how your powerful voice in Europe ensures that Europe takes a strong stance in the world, and keeps the EU open, outward looking, and closely linked to its allies on the other side of the Atlantic.

“So the U.S. and the world need your outsized influence to continue including within Europe,” he said.

Britons would go to the polls on June 23 for a referendum on whether to stay or leave the EU, with Prime Minister David Cameron leading efforts for the country to remain in the bloc.

Britons would go to the polls on June 23 for a referendum on whether to stay or leave the EU, with Prime Minister David Cameron leading efforts for the country to remain in the bloc.

Obama also stressed the EU’s role in pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran, the Paris climate agreement, and also addressed the key economic debate for and against Brexit.

“When it comes to creating jobs, trade, and economic growth in line with our values, the UK has benefited from its membership in the EU.

He said that in the end, however, the vote was “a matter for British voters to decide’’.

Obama is scheduled to have lunch with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, her residence outside London, before meeting Cameron later Friday.

Meanwhile, a controversy over Obama’s reiteration of his opposition to a British exit from the EU, or Brexit had begun before his arrival.

An open letter from UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage and other founders of the Leave movement asked Obama to “abstain from any intended advocacy” on the referendum, while an online petition to parliament, signed by some 35,000 people, called for him to be gagged.

Asked in parliament on Wednesday about Obama’s expected intervention, Cameron said he believed that “we should listen to advice from friends and other countries.


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