Susan Rice: Few security concerns following Brexit
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National Security Adviser Susan Rice predicted “relatively few” security issues in the wake of Brexit – the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union.


“The immediate security implications are probably relatively few and certainly we will do all we can to make sure the areas in which we’re cooperating – counterterrorism – remain solid,” Rice said in an interview with The Atlantic's David Bradley at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, according to Politico.

Rice said the U.K. has “a critical role" in fighting terrorist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

Rice said that while the administration had been optimistic about the U.K. deciding to remain in the EU, there was a plan in place for the “leave” outcome. But she said it was tough for President Obama to lose an ally in Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced his resignation shortly after the results were finalized. 

“It’s a painful occasion when a partner that close experiences a loss that profound,” Rice said.