Barack Obama urges Angela Merkel to ensure orderly EU exit deal for UK

United States President Barack Obama on Saturday urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel to ensure an orderly transition to a close relationship between Britain and the European Union once the UK leaves the EU, a White House official said.

Reuters| Last Updated: Jul 09, 2016, 21:16 PM IST
Barack Obama urges Angela Merkel to ensure orderly EU exit deal for UK

Warsaw: United States President Barack Obama on Saturday urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel to ensure an orderly transition to a close relationship between Britain and the European Union once the UK leaves the EU, a White House official said.

Meeting on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Warsaw, "the President and the Chancellor reaffirmed the need for an orderly process to determine the future relationship between the UK and EU," the official said.  

"They agreed that a highly integrated UK-EU relationship is in the best interests of the transatlantic community."

EU leaders have said Britain can only retain full access to their lucrative single market, including for its large financial services sector, if it continues to allow free movement of EU workers and upholds EU rules. The two candidates to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron have both said they intend to restrict immigration.