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Obama ‘confident’ UK, EU can have ‘orderly transition to new relationship’

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on June 24, 2016/AFP

US President Barack Obama speaks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on June 24, 2016/AFP

WARSAW, Poland, Jul 8 – US President Barack Obama said Friday he was confident that Britain and the European Union could make an “orderly transition” towards new ties after Britain’s vote to leave the bloc.

“As difficult as it will be, I am confident that the UK and the EU will be able to agree on an orderly transition to a new relationship, as all our countries stay focused on ensuring financial stability and growing the global economy,” Obama wrote in a commentary in the Financial Times on the first day of a NATO summit in Warsaw.

“And, while the relationship between the UK and the EU will change, it is worth remembering what will not change. The special relationship between the US and the UK will endure,” added Obama.

Britain’s vote to leave the EU in a referendum on June 23 has sent shockwaves through the western political system and is a major topic for discussion at the meeting of the 28 NATO leaders in the Polish capital.

Obama is set to meet EU President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on the sidelines of the summit, as well as holding talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

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