Brexit: Obama warns on global growth after UK vote
US President Barack Obama has said the UK vote to leave the EU raises “longer-term concerns about global growth,” the BBC reports.
He said Brexit would “freeze the possibilities of investment in Great Britain or in Europe as a whole”.
He appealed to the UK prime minister and other EU leaders to ensure an orderly process for the British exit.
Mr Obama was speaking at a summit in Ottawa with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, aimed at strengthening economic ties between North American countries.
He said the preparations by central banks and finance ministers indicated that “global economy in the short run will hold steady”.
But he added: “I think there are some genuine longer-term concerns about global growth if in fact Brexit goes through and that freezes the possibilities of investment in Great Britain or in Europe as a whole.
“At a time when global growth rates were weak already, this doesn’t help,” the president said.a