After being declared by news networks as President-elect, the first among the European leaders whom Joe Biden called was UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. A Downing Street spokesperson said that during the call, PM Johnson expressed his congratulations to both President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
In related news reports and as Trump continues to refuse to accept the election results, the UK Prime Minister refused to give any comments about the issue. Nonetheless, PM Johnson said that the United Kingdom will still maintain a good relationship with the U.S. regardless of who takes the seat of the country’s presidential position.
Is There Tension between President-elect Biden and UK Prime Minister Johnson
It can be surmised that the reason why the UK PM was the first to be called is due to the fact that last month, President-elect Biden posted a tweet about the U.S.-UK trade relationship. The incoming U.S. president remarked that the future of trade deals between the U.S. and the UK depends on the latter country’s commitment of not turning its back on the Good Friday Peace Treaty with Northern Ireland.
The call between the two leaders lasted for 25 minutes, in which certain concerns were brought up; including President-elect Biden’s known opposition to Brexit. Many anticipate that the incoming President’s opinion of the UK’s Brexit move could cause tension that would result in a strained relationship with the UK.
The peace treaty or the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) was also brought up during the call and the UK Prime Minister reassured Pres-elect Biden that under his Brexit, the GFA will be kept secure. It is acknowledged that the two leaders of the country talked through the significance of Brexit while still keeping the Good Friday Agreement.j
MP’s of PM Johnson’s Conservative Government Showed Support for Biden
Not many in the U.S. are aware that in the later part of October, Ministers of Parliament in PM Jonson’s Conservative government had already expressed their support for Joe Biden. According to UK news reports, the Conservative Ministers of Parliament had already advised PM Johnson that a Biden-win will likely see the U.S. re-engaging in amicable trade deals and it would be in the best interest of the UK not to be left behind in the potential trade deals.
Under the Trump administration trade negotiations between European countries were impacted by Trump’s unwarranted imposition of higher tariffs.