In the event of a British exit from the EU it can take up to 10 years to conclude a new trade Treaty with the United States. This was warned by the President of the United States Barack Obama in an interview with TV channel “Bi-bi-si”.
“Britain will not be able to coordinate with the U.S. faster than the EU <…> It may take five years, 10 years, before we can actually do something,” said the American leader.
During his visit to London, Obama has already said that Britain will be “at the end of the queue” at the conclusion of trade deals with the United States in the case of withdrawal from the European Union. Supporters of withdrawal from the EU criticized Obama after such statements.
In addition to Obama, the candidate in US presidents from Democratic party Hillary Clinton also made it clear that the withdrawal of Britain from the EU would be a mistake.
“Hillary Clinton believes that international cooperation is essential, and that this cooperation is strongest when unified Europe. She (Clinton) have always appreciated a strong United Kingdom in a strong EU”, — quotes the words of a senior adviser to Clinton on issues of policy, Jake Sullivan Reuters.
In February 2016 the U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry also called for the UK to remain part of the European Union. Last Friday, Obama addressed the British public with the arguments in favour of keeping the country within the EU. In his view, Britain’s membership of the EU provides it with a significant position on the world stage. Obama also noted that the EU increases the influence of the UK, but not holding it back.
A referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will take place on 23 June 2016.