President Barack Obama says the UK would have a better ability to fight terrorism if it remains a member of the European Union.
Obama is on a visit to the United Kingdom, after leaving Saudi Arabia.
The UK is preparing to hold a referendum in June, to decide whether it should remain a member of the EU or leave.
‘It’s part of the cornerstone of institutions built after world war two that has made the world safer and more prosperous and we want to make sure that the United Kingdom continues to have that influence,’’ he told the BBC.
However, Obama’s comments have sparked criticisms across the country with the ‘Leave’ campaigners calling his comments hypocritical, also saying that the US is not a member of some regional or global associations, nor abides by some global and regional treaties.
‘The EU has really changed in the last 43 years; it’s becoming something else and it’s something to which the Americans would never submit their own democracy to. Americans are proud of their democracy; built on principles of liberty and the idea of the sanctity of representation…” said Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London and a major ‘Leave’ campaigner.
Obama will also have dinner with the Queen of England, Elizabeth the Second while in the UK.