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Obama to the rescue

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama is flying to the UK to warn of the dangers and consequences of leaving the EU. Mr Obama is due to comment at a news conference on Friday April 22 in Downing Street. He believes a Brexit would diminish the country’s global influence. 

The President of the United States is also likely to make a convincing case for continued membership of the EU, which currently has 28 nations as members. This comes soon after the country’s talks to potentially strike trade deals with allies, including the US. 

David Cameron has warned of the difficulties in striking a new deal outside the EU, and has said that the UK would need more than “good relations,” and it would need “nailed down trade agreements.”

The Prime Minister has seen a difficult couple of weeks in relation to the Panama Papers and hostile ripostes from the Brexit campaign. Mr Obama´s arrival, therefore, is sure to come as a welcome boost for Mr Cameron and his team. 

During their visit, the Obamas, including wife Michelle, will be attending a lunch at Windsor Castle to celebrate the Queen´s 90th birthday. 

In a rare speech from the ex-Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, he said at a talk at Princeton University, New Jersey that: “If we leave Europe behind, America may leave us behind too.”

The former leader said that whilst he was in government, he was told “over and over again by US decision makers” that British influence in the EU “strengthened the West” and the necessary co-operation between the EU and NATO.

“And, most importantly, President Obama has said that having the UK in the European Union gives the States ‘much greater confidence’ about the strength of the transatlantic union,” he continued. 

"By walking away from the top table of European affairs, we cede our influence and our importance."

Matthew Elliott, of the Vote Leave campaign, dismissed Mr Clegg’s concerns, saying: “Voters will be in no mood to be lectured by a politician with more broken promises than there are Lib Dem MPs left in Parliament.”

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  • Roy Peters

    I think Obama should keep his nose out of British politics. There is no reason to suppose that anything need change in our relationship with his country, and Britain will still be a member of NATO!

  • Mike in ESP

    I really don't care what any of them say now to be honest, if the general public is stupid enough to vote to stay in from listening to these people who are pushing their self interest then let the consequences rest on their shoulders. Those people are the ones who will have to live with the though that in the near future they will be cursed by others and by themselves for not understanding what the EU was actually about, where it is taking them and the little interest it has in them... well if vote IN wins you will soon find out and I personally think you can kiss life as you know it goodbye.<br /><br />BTW, just think about this, George Osborn, David Cameron, the IMF and the CBI "to keep the list short" have "not made one correct prediction in the last several years... not one"! And Nick Clegg lol, why does he think anyone needs to listen to a failure like him? The IMF, the CBI and other high standing politicians told us not joining the EURO would be a significant risk to the UK... thank goodness we didn't and now they are saying it again on Brexit lol<br /><br />Do not listen to these fools and self interested clowns because you will live to regret it. ;-)

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