Sunday 11 December 2016

'I've spoken to foreigners who think we're part of UK and will also leave EU'

Published 28/04/2016 | 02:30

German chancellor Angela Merkel greeting British prime minister David Cameron in Hannover this week. Photo: AP Photo/Michael Sohn
German chancellor Angela Merkel greeting British prime minister David Cameron in Hannover this week. Photo: AP Photo/Michael Sohn

The words of a US president always carry a lot of weight. The words of Barack Obama, a man seemingly without character flaws as a politician and who is popular and respected across most of the world, carry more weight than some of his predecessors.

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The American president's extraordinary comments in Britain last week might just have altered the course of the debate in our nearest neighbour about checking out of Europe.

The leader of the world's most powerful country told Britons that they would "go to the back of the queue" in their relations with his country if they vote themselves out of Europe in eight weeks' time.

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