Hillary Clinton echoes Obama's call for Britain to remain in the EU

Hillary Clinton urges Britain to remain in the European Union. Credit: Reuters

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has waded into the Brexit debate, echoing calls by President Barack Obama that Britain should remain in the European Union.

Clinton, currently the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, has indicated that if she goes on to become the US president she would want Britain fully engaged with the EU.

According to a statement from Ms Clinton's senior policy adviser printed in The Observer newspaper:

Ms Clinton served as Obama's secretary of state during his first term and has made her foreign policy credentials a central plank in her campaign for president in the November 2016 race for the White House.

President Obama, whose three-day visit to the UK comes to an end today, sparked outrage when he announced the UK would be at the "back of the queue" for a trade deal with the US if it pulled out of the EU.

His comments were one of the strongest US interventions in the affairs of a western European ally since the Cold War.

During his trip he also held a "town hall-style" meeting at which he urged Britain's young people to reject isolationism and xenophobia, visited the Globe theatre and found time to play golf with David Cameron.