U.S. President Barack Obama golfs with British Prime Minister David Cameron while visiting the U.K., one day after appealing directly to British voters to remain in EU. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron played golf at The Grove in Hertfordshire, England on Saturday (April 23). The two leaders golfed on Obama's second day of a visit to the United Kingdom where he had appealed directly to British voters on Friday (April 22) to remain in the European Union, saying membership had magnified Britain's place in the world and made the bloc stronger and more outward looking. Obama, who opinion polls show is popular in Britain, applauded Britain's EU membership which he said had helped make the world freer, richer and better able to tackle everything from migration to terrorism. Invoking the interlinked history of the United States and Britain and the tens of thousands of Americans lying in European war graves, Obama implored voters to weigh the benefits of membership ahead of a June 23 referendum. A spokeswoman for Cameron welcomed Obama's intervention, but the president's comments drew scorn from opponents of Britain's EU membership. The U.S. government, and many U.S. banks and companies, fear a Brexit would cause market turmoil, diminish the clout of Washington's strongest European ally, hurt London's global financial hub status, cripple the EU and weaken Western security. Two years ago, ahead of a Scottish vote on independence, Obama said he hoped Britain "remains strong, robust and united", a comment that was welcomed by unionist politicians in London. Scots voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. Opponents of the EU have said that membership has shackled Britain to the corpse of a failed German-dominated experiment in European integration, and that Britain, if freed, could prosper as a sole trader. Many of them are also supporters of a close relationship with the United States.