The British-EU debate has erupted this week over speculation of a referendum proposal which will allow the British population to opt in or out of its position within the European Union. The referendum proposal has sparked global controversy, most notably US officials publicly advising against the move on Wednesday January 9th. Phillip Gordon, a senior official in the US state department, declared that “referendums have often turned countries inwards,” prompting outrage amongst British politicians and what the Evening Standard terms “Eurosceptics.” So why is America so keen to maintain the Britain-EU relationship?

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