The US president last night made it clear that BP's payments could be just the start, warning that the company could still face lawsuits from individuals and American states. On Wednesday, in his strongest show of support since the oil began leaking two months ago, Mr Cameron said the company should not be exposed to a string of future damages claims.
"BP is an important company," he said. "It is an important company for people's pensions, it employs thousands of people in the UK, it pays a lot of tax. "It's important to try to give some level of clarity and certainty so that the company can actually continue and be financially stable," he said.
If you are an important company,that employs thousands of people, that pays a lot of tax you can do "almost what you want and be slightly punished...especially if you are British.