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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