Britain and the European Union will both “remain indispensable partners for the United States’’ in spite of a vote by Britain to exit from the EU, President Barack Obama has said.

“The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision,’’ Obama says, noting “the special relationship’’ between the U.S. and Britain and pointing to the latter’s role as a NATO ally.

“The United Kingdom and the European Union will remain indispensable partners of the United States even as they begin negotiating their ongoing relationship to ensure continued stability, security and prosperity for Europe, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the world,” he said in a statement.

The White House also praised the EU for its work in promoting stability, economic growth and the spread of democratic values.

Obama had said ahead of the Brexit vote which took place on Thursday that the decision was up to the British people, but stressed that the U.S. benefited from a strong Britain within the European Union.

Author: Cerebral Lemon