Obama: We Respect The Vote of The British People to Leave The EU

Posted: Jun 24, 2016 10:00 AM
Obama: We Respect The Vote of The British People to Leave The EU

President Obama, who was recently in the UK lecturing the people to stay in the European Union, has released a statement after the Brexit victory. 

"The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision. The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy. So too is our relationship with the European Union, which has done so much to promote stability, stimulate economic growth, and foster the spread of democratic values and ideals across the continent and beyond," Obama 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."

UPDATE: Joe Biden says they would have "preferred a different outcome."

"We preferred a different outcome. And I imagine many of you here felt the same way. But as the United States, having a long-standing friendship with the United Kingdom, one of the world’s great democracies, we fully respect the decision they have made," Biden said during a speech at Dublin's Trinity College Friday. "America’s special bond with the United Kingdom runs deep and it will endure."