Obama administration warns Britain against plan to quit EU

Obama administration warns Britain against plan to quit EU

Washington : DC : USA | Jan 09, 2013 at 11:24 PM PST
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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron

The United States has warned Britain against leaving the European Union. The warning came from the Obama administration as Prime Minister David Cameron prepared to deliver a speech to officially announce holding a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU.

Philip Gordon, the US assistant secretary for European affairs, warned that “referendums have often turned countries inwards,” according to the Guardian. Gordon challenged the advantages of holding a referendum over Britain's EU membership.

"We welcome an outward-looking European Union with Britain in it. We benefit when the EU is unified, speaking with a single voice, and focused on our shared interests around the world and in Europe," Gordon said during a visit to London. "We want to see a strong British voice in that European Union. That is in the American interest."

Brussels and Dublin also joined the United States to challenge Cameron’s referendum plan.

The Obama dministration has made similar warnings privately. However, it was the first time the US has challenged Cameron’s plan publically and on the record regarding the dangers posed by Britain’s EU membership controversy.

According to one report, a source close to Cameron has rejected reports of contents of the prime minister’s speech as simply “speculation.” However, analysts think that the prime minister will use the occasion to proclaim his plan for a major reconsideration of Britain’s membership of the EU.

Britain's terrible ties with Europe have scaled to the peak of the political spectrum in recent weeks, with unruly anti-EU members of Cameron's ruling Conservatives asking for re-thinking UK’s position within the union or a vote on whether Britain should quit the EU altogether.

Some analysts argue that if Britain quits the European block, its major trade collaborator, it could pay off by establishing good relations with the US.

Cameron is likely to announce in his address that if elected prime minister with a majority vote in 2015, he will work out an EU treaty amendment to strengthen new eurozone domination measures in order to send home some control.

Cameron has repeatedly said that the eurozone's debt crisis will alter the union’s policies and structure, meaning Britain is considering redefining its ties with the bloc.

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron
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Kamran Ahmed is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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