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Obama's Brexit Intervention Makes Waves in U.K., Ripples in U.S.

  • The president will urge Britons to stay in the EU on Friday
  • Businesses oppose Brexit by large margins, trade group says

President Barack Obama will urge Britons on Friday to keep their country in the European Union, a rare intervention in the domestic politics of an ally that poses little risk to the president back home while irritating proponents of so-called Brexit in the United Kingdom.

In between lunch with Queen Elizabeth II and dinner with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Obama is expected to weigh in on Brexit at a news conference with his British counterpart, Prime Minister David Cameron. There’s scant evidence that Americans are broadly aware of the debate in the U.K. or care about the outcome, and Brexit fans say they are unimpressed by the U.S. president’s intervention.