Obama urges Britain to stay in EU in BBC interview

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Posted: Jul 23, 2015 5:24 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told the BBC in an interview excerpt that aired on Thursday that Britain must remain in the European Union to maintain its global influence.

Britain's EU membership "gives us much greater confidence about the strength of the transatlantic union," Obama said.

He also said his biggest frustration was the failure to pass "common-sense gun safety laws" in the United States.

(Reporting by Peter Cooney; Editing by Sandra Maler)