Obama Seeks to Calm US, Global Fears After Brexit Shock

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

{VOA NEWS/WHITE HOUSE} — With world financial markets reeling from the shock that the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, U.S. President Barack Obama put out a measured statement Friday.

“The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision.” He added that the “special relationship” between the U.S. and the UK is “enduring,” and that the latter’s membership in NATO “remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy.”

On his last visit to Britain in April, President Obama stood beside British Prime Minister David Cameron and came out strongly opposing a so-called “Brexit” vote, saying if the UK voted to leave it would have to get to the “back of the queue” to forge new trade deals with the United States.

Obama seemed to appeal to British voters, saying, “The United Kingdom is at its best when it is helping to lead a strong Europe. It leverages UK power to be part of the European Union.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.