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Published 23/04/2016

US President Barack Obama speaks during the 'Town Hall' discussion with British youth at the Royal Horticultural Halls on April 23, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they visited HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle yesterday and later had dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama also visited 10 Downing and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union.
US President Barack Obama speaks during the 'Town Hall' discussion with British youth at the Royal Horticultural Halls on April 23, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they visited HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle yesterday and later had dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama also visited 10 Downing and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: US President Barack Obama takes questions from the audience as he speaks at 'Town Hall' discussion with British youth at the Royal Horticultural Halls on April 23, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they visited HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle yesterday and later had dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama also visited 10 Downing and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: US President Barack Obama speaks at 'Town Hall' discussion with British youth at the Royal Horticultural Halls on April 23, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they visited HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle yesterday and later had dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama also visited 10 Downing and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: US President Barack Obama speaks at the 'Town Hall' discussion with British youth at the Royal Horticultural Halls on April 23, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they visited HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle yesterday and later had dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama also visited 10 Downing and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: US President Barack Obama speaks at the 'Town Hall' discussion with British youth at the Royal Horticultural Halls on April 23, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they visited HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle yesterday and later had dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama also visited 10 Downing and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: US President Barack Obama speaks at the 'Town Hall' discussion with British youth at the Royal Horticultural Halls on April 23, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they visited HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle yesterday and later had dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama also visited 10 Downing and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: US President Barack Obama speaks at the 'Town Hall' discussion with British youth at the Royal Horticultural Halls on April 23, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they visited HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle yesterday and later had dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama also visited 10 Downing and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama gives a speech in central London on April 23, 2016. Pic Getty Images
US President Barack Obama gives a speech in central London on April 23, 2016. Pic Getty Images
David Cameron greets Barack Obama at Downing Street in London on April, 22, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama (L) and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) shake hands at the end of a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London on April, 22, 2016 following a meeting at Downing Street. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
Prime Minster David Cameron (left) welcomes US President Barack Obama to Downing Street in London, ahead of a bilateral meeting. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Obama. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
US President Barack Obama (L) and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) give a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London on April, 22, 2016 following a meeting at Downing Street. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama arrives at Downing Street in London, ahead of a bilateral meeting with Prime Minster David Cameron. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Obama. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama leave 10 Downing Street in London, to attend a joint press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Obama. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
US President Barack Obama (L) and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) arrive for a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London on April, 22, 2016 following a meeting at Downing Street. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
RETRANSMITTING CORRECTING PRESS CONFERENCE LOCATION CORRECT CAPTION BELOW Prime Minister David Cameron (right) with US President Barack Obama leave 10 Downing Street, London, following a bilateral meeting, as they walk to a joint press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Obama. Photo credit should read: Peter Nicholls/PA Wire
RETRANSMITTING CORRECTING PRESS CONFERENCE LOCATION CORRECT CAPTION BELOW Prime Minister David Cameron (left) with US President Barack Obama leave 10 Downing Street, London, following a bilateral meeting, as they walk to a joint press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Obama. Photo credit should read: Peter Nicholls/PA Wire
US President Barack Obama (L) talks during a press conference with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London on April, 22, 2016 following a meeting at Downing Street. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and US President Barack Obama (R) emerge from 10 Downing Street and walk together toward the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a press conference following their talks in central London on April, 22, 2016. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's poisonous European Union membership debate Friday, arguing strongly against a "Brexit" as he kicked off a visit to the UK. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama speaking at a joint press conference with Prime Minister David Cameron at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, following a bilateral meeting in Downing Street, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Obama. Photo credit should read: Ben Stansall/PA Wire
US President Barack Obama (L) speaks during a press conference with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London on April, 22, 2016 following a meeting at Downing Street. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
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Prime Minster David Cameron (left) walks with US President Barack Obama, as Mr Obama leaves 10 Downing Street, London, following a bilateral meeting and joint press conference in number 10. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Obama. Photo credit should read: Peter Nicholls/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) and US President Barack Obama leave Downing Street after their meeting on April 22, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Peter Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A journalist uses a tablet to record US President Barack Obama and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron at a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London on April, 22, 2016 following a meeting at Downing Street. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Prime Minster David Cameron (left) walks with US President Barack Obama, as Mr Obama leaves 10 Downing Street, London, following a bilateral meeting and joint press conference in number 10. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Obama. Photo credit should read: Peter Nicholls/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: The President of The United States, Barack Obama, leaves 10 Downing Street in his motorcade after visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron on April 22, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
The motorcade carrying the President of the United States Barack Obama, driving through Marylebone, London, on its way to Downing Street. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITCS Obama. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The motorcade carrying the President of the United States Barack Obama, driving through Marylebone, London, on its way to Downing Street. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITCS Obama. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The motorcade carrying the President of the United States Barack Obama, driving through Marylebone, London, on its way to Downing Street. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITCS Obama. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh wait to greet US President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama upon landing by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a private lunch on April 22, 2016 in Windsor, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: US President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama are greeted by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh after landing by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a private lunch on April 22, 2016 in Windsor, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: US President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama arrive by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a private lunch with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh on April 22, 2016 in Windsor, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: US President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama arrive by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a private lunch with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh on April 22, 2016 in Windsor, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A souvenir shop decorated with the US and British Union Flag is seen before the visit by the US president Barack Obama and his wife US First Lady Michelle Obama to Windsor Castle in Windsor on April 22, 2016. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's poisonous European Union membership debate Friday, arguing strongly against a "Brexit" as he kicked off a visit to the UK. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Political artist and painter Kaya Mar holds a painting outside downing st during the visit of President Barack Obama to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron on April 22, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) and US President Barack Obama (L) speak at the beginning of a meeting in 10 Downing Street in central London on April, 22, 2016. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / PETER NICHOLLSPETER NICHOLLS/AFP/Getty Images
British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and US President Barack Obama (R) turn to go inside 10 Downing Street for talks in central London on April, 22, 2016. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the media take photographs as the motorcade escorting US President Barack Obama arrives in Downing Street in central London on April, 22, 2016. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and US President Barack Obama (2L) wave from the step of 10 Downing Street as Obama arrives for talks in central London on April, 22, 2016. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
The motorcade escorting US President Barack Obama arrives in Downing Street in central London on April, 22, 2016. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Security overlooking Downing Street as Prime Minster David Cameron welcomes US President Barack Obama to Downing Street, London, ahead of a bilateral meeting. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Obama. Photo credit should read: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Photographers in the press pen as Prime Minster David Cameron welcomes US President Barack Obama to Downing Street, London, ahead of a bilateral meeting. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Obama. Photo credit should read: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Police guard the road as the President of The United States, Barack Obama, arrives in his motorcade at Whitehall to visit British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street on April 22, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
The red carpet is prepared before Prime Minster David Cameron welcomes US President Barack Obama to Downing Street, London, ahead of a bilateral meeting. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Obama. Photo credit should read: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: The President of The United States, Barack Obama, arrives in his motorcade at Whitehall to visit British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street on April 22, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: President Obama arrives in Downing Street on April 22, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
The Presidential Cadillac known as The Beast carrying US President Barack Obama enters Downing Street, London as the President arrives for a bilateral meeting with Prime Minster David Cameron at number 10. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Obama. Photo credit should read: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: The Presidential Marine 1 helicopter departs Windsor Castle on April 22, 2016 in Windsor, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: The Presidential Marine 1 helicopter departs Windsor Castle on April 22, 2016 in Windsor, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2nd L) and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (L) greet US President Barack Obama (R) after he and his wife Michelle arrived by helicopter outside Windsor Castle, west of London, on April 22, 2016. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: The US Presidential Cadillac stands in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle, after the arrival by helicopter of the President and First Lady of the United States, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, for a private lunch at Windsor Castle hosted by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on April 22, 2016 in Windsor, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (L) drives US President Barack Obama (2L), US First Lady Michelle Obama (2R) and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) from the helicopter into Windsor Castle after the Obama's arrived for a private lunch in Windsor, southern England, on April, 22, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / GEOFF PUGHGEOFF PUGH/AFP/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama (2R) and his wife US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) are greeted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, (L) after landing by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a private lunch in Windsor, southern England, on April, 22, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALASTAIR GRANTALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2nd L) prepare to greet US President Barack Obama (2nd R) and his wife Michelle (R) after they landed by helicopter outside Windsor Castle, west of London, on April 22, 2016. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (3rd R) and US President Barack Obama (C) and his wife Michelle (R) walk to a waiting car after the Obama's landed by helicopter outside Windsor Castle, west of London, on April 22, 2016. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama (2R) and his wife US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) are greeted by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2L) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, (L) after landing by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a private lunch in Windsor, southern England, on April, 22, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Alastair GrantALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/Getty Images
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Queen Elizabeth II (L) stands with US President Barack Obama and First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle ahead of a private lunch hosted by the Queen on April 22, 2016 in Windsor, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Marine One, carrying US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, lands outside Windsor Castle, west of London, on April 22, 2016, as they prepare to meet with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. US President Barack Obama plunged into Britain's increasingly poisonous EU debate on Friday at the start of a visit, warning strongly against Brexit and pointing out that US soldiers had died for Europe. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WatsonJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: The motorcade carrying US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at Windsor Castle ahead of a lunch with Queen Elizabeth II on April 22, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Queen Elizabeth II gets into a car as US President Barack Obama looks on after he landed by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a private lunch on April 22, 2016. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: US President Barack Obama stands with Queen Elizabeth II after landing by helicopter at Windsor Castle for a private lunch on April 22, 2016. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: An Osprey aircraft leaves Winfield House in Regents Park with two identical Marine One helicopters taking the President of The United States, Barack Obama, to Windsor on April 22, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II (left) stands with the President and First Lady of the United States Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle ahead of a private lunch hosted by the Queen. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 22, 2016. See PA story ROYAL Obama. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
President Barack Obama arrives at Winfield House on Marine One in London, England, Thursday, April 21, 2016, as he arrives in England from Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Stansted Airport on April 21, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a four day visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: US President Barack Obama steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Stansted Airport on April 21, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a four day visit to the UK where they will have lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama will visit 10 Downing Street on Friday afternoon where he is to hold a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron and is expected to make his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama has said Northern Ireland's future political leaders must decide the country as a whole is "more important than any particular faction or any particular flag".

Mr Obama was speaking in London during his trip to the UK.

"You know better than I do, but one of the things you see in Northern Ireland that's most important is the very simple act of recognising the humanity of those on the other side of the argument," he said.

"Having empathy and a sense of connection to people who are not like you.

"That has taken time but you are now seeing that among young people who are interacting more."

He was responding to a question from Cliona McCarney, from Belfast.

She later tweeted: "Honoured to have asked a question to President @BarackObama on the Northern Ireland peace process. 'It's a story of perseverance"

Barack Obama urged young people to reject cynics telling them they cannot change the world as he held a town hall-style meeting in London.

On the second full day of his visit, Mr Obama addressed young people in Westminster and took questions from them.

He praised the close relationship between the US and the UK, which he said had improved dramatically since the British "burned down my house" - a reference to the torching of the White House in the war of 1812-1814.

The president insisted now was the best time in human history to be alive as he urged the audience to ignore cynical voices saying that nothing could change.

"Take a longer, more optimistic view of history," Mr Obama said.

Asked about his biggest achievement in the past eight years as president, Mr Obama cited bringing in health insurance and dealing with the financial crash.

"Saving the world economy from a great depression, that was pretty good. I'll look at the scorecard at the end. I think I have been true to myself," he added.

Though he did not refer directly to his controversial remarks that a post-Brexit Britain would be at the "back of the queue" when it came to American trade deals, Mr Obama said that generally such economic agreements were difficult due to "parochial" interests and "factions" within countries.

Mr Obama said racial tensions in America still needed to be dealt with and people could not be complacent just because an African-American was in the White House.

"One of the dangers is that by electing a black president people say there must be no problem at all."

Asked about which grassroots movements have been most impressive, Mr Obama cited the marriage equality campaign.

"It's probably been the fastest set of changes in terms of a social movement that I've seen," he added.

The president said he started out backing civil partnerships but gay friends helped persuade him that did not go far enough and full marriage equality was needed.

Mr Obama was urged to do more for the trans community by someone who said they were doing something "crazy" and coming out to him as a non-binary person at the meeting.

Mr Obama joked: "That wasn't that crazy, I thought you were going to ask to come up here and dance with me."

The president then went on to praise the move to equality and said that controversial laws passed in North Carolina and Mississippi regarding trans people using public toilets were state issues.

Mr Obama praised Prime Minister David Cameron for being "ahead of the curve" on LGBT rights issues.

A Sikh questioner called for movement on issues like discrimination at airport security. Mr Obama insisted it was explicit US policy not to racially profile at airports.

The president also praised the Black Lives Matter movement for raising awareness but cautioned you "can't just keep on yelling" at people who want to sit down and talk.

"Seek out people who don't agree with you. That will teach you to compromise. Compromise does not mean surrendering what you believe."

Asked about the peace process in Northern Ireland, Mr Obama said it was an example of what can be achieved when the US and Britain work together.

The president is also meeting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn following days of uncertainty regarding the event.

News of the meeting with Mr Corbyn, who opposes British military intervention in Syria, came after Mr Obama said the US and Britain were ready to take action to stop the Islamic State terror group securing a stronghold in Libya from which to launch attacks on Europe or America.

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