U.S. President Barack Obama appeals directly to British voters to remain in the European Union - and runs into the wrath of those campaigning to come out of it. Ivor Bennett reports.
Fresh from his tea with the Queen, Barack Obama's next stop was No. 10 Downing Street. It's likely to be his final visit to the UK as President. And he wasn't going to miss the chance to make headlines. Wading into a debate that is fast dividing the country. SOUNDBITE (English) US PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "The United States wants a strong United Kingdom as a partner. And the United Kingdom is at its best when it's helping to lead a strong Europe." Obama appealed directly to British voters not to leave the EU. Saying that Britain's membership helps magnify its influence in the world. He also said it helped make the world freer, richer and better able to tackle important issues like migration and security. But London's Mayor Boris Johnson, who heads the 'LEAVE' campaign, called Obama's view 'hypocritical' (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON MAYOR, BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "I do think it is perverse ... when the United States would not dream of subjugating itself in any way to another other international jurisdiction." Many U.S. businesses, especially the banks, fear a Brexit would cause market turmoil. And weaken the clout of its strongest European ally. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHIEF ECONOMIST, WORLDFIRST, JEREMY COOK SAYING: "As far as does it make Britain Great I think we were a Great Britain before the European Union, we're likely be Great Britain after the European Union but we remain a Great Part of the European Union so the European Union benefits a lot more from us being a part of it." Opinion polls indicate that British voters are leaning towards staying 'In'. But many remain undecided. They have until June 23 to make up their minds.