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Obama suggests Scotland should stay in Britain, urges Britain to stay in EU

Published on Jun 6, 2014 1:16 AM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - United States President Barack Obama suggested on Thursday that Scotland would be better off as part of Britain, and urged the British to stay in the European Union.

Stepping into a febrile debate over Scotland's independence referendum on Sept 18, Mr Obama said the decision was "up to the people of Scotland". But at a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron at the end of the G7 summit in Brussels, Mr Obama said there was a positive case for staying together.

"From the outside at least it looks like things have worked pretty well," Mr Obama said. "And we obviously have a deep interest in making sure that one of the closest allies that we will ever have remains a strong, robust, united and effective partner," he said. "But ultimately these are decisions that will be made by the folks there."

Mr Obama also made a fresh appeal on the subject of Britain's EU membership, on which Mr Cameron has promised a referendum in 2017.

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