N24 Correspondent, LONDON: US President Barack Obama has said Britain would go to the “back of the queue” for trade deals with the US if it votes to leave the European Union.
He said Britain was at its best when “helping to lead” a strong EU and membership made it a “bigger player” on the world stage.
He was speaking at the start of a three day visit to the UK.
EU exit campaigners reacted angrily to his words, with Tory MP Dominic Raab dubbing him a “lame duck” president.
Mr Raab told BBC News: “The reality is the US has failed and Barack Obama’s biggest trade failure has been in not being able to secure a trade deal with the EU.
“I think those left to pick up the pieces after Obama moves on will be a little bit frustrated about his comments because they don’t reflect US trade policy and I’m sure they won’t reflect future US trade policy. What you had here was a lame-duck American president doing an old British friend a political favor.”
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