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    US Wants to Maintain Partnership With ‘Strong’ UK as Part of United Europe

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    The United States believes that a strong United Kingdom is important to the international community and that its position is enhanced by EU membership, US Secretary of State John Kerry told Oxford University students on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — British voters will decide next month whether to leave the European Union, in a move called the British exit, or "Brexit."

    "From our point of view, we have an interest too in the magnified voice and strength of Britain, and we want that partnership, and we think it’s stronger to have a united Europe than not," Kerry said when asked if he agreed with remarks by US President Obama that a Brexit would negatively affect the US-UK trade relationship.

    ​Last month, Obama told a London audience that the United Kingdom would have to move to the back of the queue for a trade deal with the United States if the country decides to leave the European Union.

    Kerry reiterated Obama’s comments that Washington’s priority is negotiating a trade deal with the larger bloc of EU member states.

    The White House has also urged the United Kingdom to retain the country’s EU membership to ensure the success of NATO and other international institutions and initiatives.


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