A top US diplomat has urged the UK to rule out any possibility of the country ever quitting the EU.
The demand by Louis Susman, America's ambassador to the UK, comes amid growing public scepticism about the EU and its institutions. Opinion polls regularly show that support for EU membership is among the lowest of any member state.
The debate about UK membership is again in the news as the government's EU Bill, a key piece of legislation, currently works its way through the British parliament.
UK premier David Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum in the event of any future EU treaty changes.
The plan for a "referendum lock", contained in the Bill would ensure "significant" EU treaties must be approved by a referendum of UK voters, with the same rule in place for major changes to existing treaties.
But, speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Susman signalled that Washington wants a clearer British commitment to remain in the EU, saying "I want to stress that the UK needs to remain in the EU.
"The US does not want to see Britain's role in the EU diminished in any way
Perhaps Mr Susman ought to be reminded that the UK is STILL A DEMOCRACY and to mind his own fucking business!