US Vice-President Joe Biden says US would have preferred a different Brexit outcome, but respects Britain's decision

US Vice President Joe Biden at a welcome ceremony at the Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland, on June 21, 2016.
US Vice President Joe Biden at a welcome ceremony at the Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland, on June 21, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

DUBLIN (Reuters) - United States Vice-President Joe Biden said on Friday (June 24) that the United States would have preferred Britain to remain in the European Union, but respected the result of the Brexit referendum.

"I must say we had looked for a different outcome. We would have preferred a different outcome ... but the United States has a long-standing friendship with the United Kingdom and that very special bond will endure," he said in a speech in Dublin. "We fully respect the decision they have made."