Obama loses reliable partner, faces uncertainty after Brexit

FILE - In this June 24, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama speak at the Global Entrepreneur Summit at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., where he gave opening remarks on Britain voting to leave the 28-nation European Union. For the first 7 ½ years of his presidency, Barack Obama could rely on the United Kingdom to back him up at nearly every turn, knowing British leaders had both the global clout and shared perspective to be powerful U.S. partners. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first 7½ years of his presidency, Barack Obama could rely on the United Kingdom to back him up at nearly every turn.

Obama enters his final months in office with that sense of certainty shattered by the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union and the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, one of his closest collaborators on the world stage.

Britain’s withdrawal from the union could take years. White House officials say they expect no immediate changes to the myriad areas where the two countries are working together, including the British military’s involvement in the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

Still, there’s far less assurance that Britain and other European countries will reflexively take the U.S. side as new and evolving challenges pop up.

 

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