Moments after American President Barack Obama urged UK voters not to back Britain’s proposed exit from the EU, British proponents of a so-called Brexit said they were outraged that an American president appeared to be trying to influence the outcome of such a crucial vote.
Speaking on Friday during his three-day visit to London, Obama said that the UK’s influence on the world stage was “magnified” by its membership of the 28-member bloc and would find itself “at the back of the queue” for a trade deal with the US if they vote against staying in the European Union in the June 23 referendum.
“I think this makes you guys bigger players,” Obama said at a joint news conference with David Cameron, the British prime minister.
“It’s fair to say that maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade agreement but that’s not going to happen anytime soon because our focus is negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done.” He added.
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