Obama meets UK Labour leader Corbyn in London

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Britain's Labour party opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn arrives to meet with US President Barack Obama at an event in central London on April 23, 2016. (AFP)

US President Barack Obama and British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn have met in London to discuss inequality around the world and the role corporations, technology play in the area.

Following the 90-minute meeting in Lindley Hall, central London, on Saturday, Corbyn told reporters that he just had a “fascinating” and “excellent” meeting with Obama.   

Corbyn said that "The challenges facing post-industrial societies and the power of global corporations and the increasing use of technology around the world and the effect that has," were discussed.  

He added that a number of other subjects were "very briefly" discussed in the meeting such as the UK’s membership in the EU and inequality and poverty.

A Labour Party spokesperson added that the White House and Corbyn’s team would have “further contact…to discuss measures to deal with international tax avoidance and evasion."

A White House spokesperson acknowledged the meeting saying that "The president congratulated Mr. Corbyn on his election to lead the Labour Party. The two leaders discussed the impact of globalization on labor and working people, and the need to take steps to reduce inequality around the world.”  

"They agreed that the UK should remain a member of the EU,” the spokesperson added.   

The meeting was held after Obama held a Q&A session with young Londoners and before going on to play golf with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The US president told the British youths to use what is in their power to "forge a better UK, better Europe, and a better world." 

He also asked them to "take longer and more optimistic view of history and the part that you can play in it."

During a joint press conference with Cameron on Friday, Obama warned that the UK would be at the “back of the queue” in any trade deal with the US if it leaves the EU.

“And on that matter, for example, I think it’s fair to say that maybe some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade agreement, but it’s not going to happen any time soon because our focus is in negotiating with a big bloc, the European Union, to get a trade agreement done.”

US President Barack Obama (R) talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) as they walk onto the 3rd green at The Grove Golf Course near Watford in Hertfordshire, north of London, on April 23, 2016. (AFP)

Britons will head to the polls on June 23 to decide on their country’s future in the European Union.

“This is a decision for the people of the United Kingdom to make. I’m not coming here to fix any votes. I’m not casting a vote myself. I am offering my opinion, and in democracies, everybody should want more information, not less, and you shouldn’t be afraid to hear an argument being made,” he added.

Obama arrived in the UK on Thursday as part of the last leg a week long tour in which he also visited Saudi Arabia and Germany.


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