US warns Britain of dangers of potential EU exit

The US State Department's top official in Europe said America wants Britain to remain part of the European Union.

Philip Gordon said the saying the EU has "increasing weight in the world" and any referendum in the UK would risk turning the country "inward."

The comments are timely, as Political Editor Tom Bradby reports:

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US warns UK on EU referendum

A senior US government official has indicated that the Obama administration wants Britain to retain an influential role in the European Union. Philip Gordon warned that Washington favoured a "strong British voice" within the EU.