Barack Obama: US respects UK's decision to leave EU
June 24, Washington: President Barack Obama on Friday said the European Union and the United Kingdom will remained "indispensable partners" to the U.S., as he tried to reassure Britons that the storied special relationship between Washington and London can withstand an impending and possibly messy divorce from Europe, local media reports said.
In his first public reaction to the vote, Obama said the people of the U.K. had spoken. Obama had strongly urged that the UK remain in the EU, and the decision is a significant blow to his efforts to counter the isolationist viewpoints taking hold in many parts of the world.
Obama said "the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring."
He said: "The United Kingdom and the European Union will remain indispensable partners of the United States even as they begin negotiating their ongoing relationship to ensure continued stability, security, and prosperity for Europe, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the world."
The Oslo Times International News Network