Obama: Brexit "hysteria" excessive; average person won't see changes

US President Barack Obama is warning against "hysteria" over Britain's vote to leave the European Union last week.

"I would not overstate it," Obama said in a National Public Radio interview, aired on Tuesday. "There's been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO's gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving, and every country is rushing off to its own corner. That's not what's happening."

Instead, Obama said the vote should be viewed as "a pause button" on "the project of full European integration." He said the vote could be seen as a reaction to the growth of the EU "that was probably moving faster and without as much consensus as it should have."

Obama compared Britain to Norway, which is not a member of the European Union, but still plays an integral role with the US and on the continent. If Britain negotiates a similar role, "the average person is not going to notice a big change," Obama said.

Obama had said during a visit to London earlier this year that he hoped Britain would remain part of the bloc, but after the referendum stressed that the US-British relationship would remain strong.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 22:24
Author: 

More from World

Watchdog: Over 60 per cent of east Aleppo captured by Syrian regime

More than 60 per cent of the rebel enclave of eastern Aleppo has now fallen to Syrian government forces, a...

Nine dead, 25 missing after fire at California warehouse party

At least nine people died and 25 were missing after a fire broke out during a party at a warehouse in the US state...

Car bombing in Baghdad kills at least four, injures 10

A car bomb exploded Saturday in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing at least four civilians, police and witnesses...

Egypt's top court revokes police power on protests

Egypt's top court has quashed power granted to police to ban street protests.

Indonesian police release seven accused of treason

Indonesian police on Saturday released seven people, including two former generals and a rock star, a day after they...