President Barack Obama said Friday that European unity is under strain and insisted that Britain should remain in the European Union.
Obama made his comments standing next to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing St. in London. Cameron has been fighting to defeat a June 23 referendum that proposes that Britain leave the EU.
"I wouldn't describe European unity as in a crisis, but I would say it's under strain. Some of that has to do with the aftermath of the financial crisis and the strains that we're all aware of with respect to the euro zone," Obama said.
The president encouraged continued collaboration between Britain and the United States, while also arguing for Cameron that Britain should remain in the EU.
"I think it's important to emphasize as David points out that the U.K. is not part of the euro zone, so the blowback to the British economy has been different than on the continent," Obama added.