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Britain and the EU: In or Out? by Financial Times

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US concern ally drifts into irrelevance

By Geoff Dyer in Washington

The Obama administration’s surprise intervention into Britain’s debate about Europe reflects mounting anxiety in Washington that its most reliable European ally could be on a path to international isolation and even irrelevance, according to officials and analysts.

The remarks by a senior US state department official, warning about the risks of a British referendum on EU membership, were a deliberate attempt to reflect American concerns about Britain’s future role before a crucial speech on the issue by David Cameron in the coming days.

The comments also come as attention in Washington is beginning to turn from the immediate ...

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