The President of the United States Barack Obama discussed Brexit and inequality with Jeremy Corbyn and congratulated him on becoming Labour leader

 
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Barack Obama took questions from young Britons at a town hall style meeting before a private 90-minute conversation with Jeremy Corbyn (Source: Getty)

Barack Obama has had a busy morning.

After waking up to wall-to-wall coverage of his comments on EU referendum, he hopped up on stage with some of London's finest for a ten minute rendition of Hamlet in an otherwise empty Shakespeare's Globe. Then he held a town hall meeting where British youngsters grilled him on everything from the special relationship to community campaigning.

Now, he's just wrapped up a 90-minute meeting with the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.

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Corbyn emerged from the meeting all-smiles, and told reporters outside he had "really enjoyed" the "excellent" and "fascinating discussion" with the President of the United States.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, and Seumas Milne, his director of communications leaving the meeting with Barack Obama in central London on Saturday afternoon.

The pair talked about the upcoming EU referendum "very briefly", though "most of the discussion was about wider global issues ... the power of global corporations, the impact of globalisation on working people and the need to take action to reduce inequality across the world", Corbyn said.

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A statement from the White House, issued after the meeting said:

The President congratulated Mr. Corbyn on his election to lead the Labour Party. The two leaders discussed the impact of globalisation on labour 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.

Corbyn's team said that the Labour leader would be staying in touch with the President "to discuss measures to deal with international tax avoidance and evasion", in the wake of the Panama Papers revelations.

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