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UK lawmakers: Prepare for loss of global influence
Lawmakers urge Britain's government to prepare for loss of global influence, looser ties to US
By The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) ' British legislators say the government is wrong to claim the country's influence on the world won't shrink and have urged ministers to prepare for looser ties with the United States.

Parliament's Joint Committee on National Security Strategy said in a report Thursday that it was "wholly unrealistic" to believe Britain's international role wouldn't shrink amid the rise of developing nations and budget cuts trimming the nation's military and diplomatic ranks.

The panel of House of Commons and House of Lords members urged Prime Minister David Cameron to "reflect deeply on the long term implications" of the U.S. turning its attention away from Europe.

President Barack Obama has announced plans to shift the U.S. military's focus back to the Asia-Pacific.

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