Boris Johnson congratulates history-makers Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on US election victory

BORIS Johnson has congratulated President-Elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their victory in the US election.

Victory in the battleground state of Pennsylvania put Biden firmly over the magical 270 electoral college vote mark with 273, defeating Donald Trump in one of the most nail-biting races in US political history.

Senator Kamala Harris will become the first African-American,the first Asian American and the first female Vice President in US history.

Boris said: "Congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as President of the United States and to Kamala Harris on her historic achievement.

"The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities from climate change to trade and security."

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also said he is looking forward to working with the new administration.

He said: "While some of the processes are still playing out, it is now clear Joe Biden has won.

"Congratulations to the President-elect and Kamala Harris on their historic victory, which saw them win more votes than any candidates in US history.

"It was a close contest and Donald Trump fought hard. Looking forward to working with the new administration – the UK and US friendship has always been a force for good in the world.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also offered his warm congratulations to the Biden team, praising his campaign for decency, integrity, compassion and strength".

He also predicted the win would see the US play a more central role on the world stage once again.

Sir Keir tweeted: "Congratulations to @JoeBiden on his election as President of the United States of America.

"He ran a campaign on the values that we in the United Kingdom share – decency, integrity, compassion and strength.

"And I want to congratulate @KamalaHarris on being elected Vice President- the first woman of colour to take that role.

"Their victory is one for hope and unity over dishonesty and division. Millions of Americans of all backgrounds and ages have come together to vote for a better, more optimistic future.

"This is also an important moment for the world. It is a chance to reassert America’s place as a force for good on the world stage.

"A nation that will work with Britain and other allies to defeat this pandemic and fight climate change.

"Joe Biden and the Democrats have always shared Labour’s values and the links between our two parties remain strong. I am looking forward to building on this and forging an even stronger relationship between the UK and the USA."


Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris on your well-deserved win.

"London looks forward to working with you – it's time to get back to building bridges not walls."

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said Biden's victory "gives hope to progressives here in Scotland and around the world".

He urged Boris Johnson to reflect on his own style of politics following President Trump's projected defeat.

Mr Blackford said: "The Prime Minister must arrange an early call with President-elect Biden to officially acknowledge this result and congratulate him on an historic achievement.

"In the UK, Boris Johnson must reflect on his own reputation as 'Britain Trump'.

"His extreme Brexit policies, and decision to align himself so closely with the narrow politics of Donald Trump have left the Tory Prime Minister increasingly isolated on the world stage."

The former VP reached the magic 270 after capturing the 20 electoral college votes from Pennsylvania – propelling him into the White House as the 46th President of the United States.

Reacting to news of his win, Biden tweeted: "America, I’m honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country.

"The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans — whether you voted for me or not.

"I will keep the faith that you have placed in me."

The 77-year-old Democrat has since changed his Twitter bio calling himself "President-elect" and declaring that he is "Ready to build back better for all Americans."

His running mate Kamala Harris was filmed on the phone to Biden telling him: "We did it Joe."

Shortly after Pennsylvania was called, Biden was declared the winner of Nevada giving him another six electoral votes, the AP confirmed.

The President-elect is set to give a victory speech complete with fireworks in the early hours of Sunday morning alongside VP-elect Harris and wife Jill.

Biden fought back a deficit in several battleground states riding a huge wave of mail-in ballots which Trump said shouldn’t be counted and branded "fraudulent”.

The Republican firebrand today once again claimed he "WON THIS ELECTION" as he fumed on Twitter before playing a round of golf at his course in Virginia.

News of Biden's historic win has sparked celebrations on the streets of American cities, with people whooping for joy in Manhattan and Harlem, New York City.

Last night, the Democrat gave a presidential-style speech from Delaware asking people to be more "civil with one another" amid ugly scenes with protesters clashing and gun-wielding mobs storming vote counts.

Biden said: "We may be opponents, but we're not enemies. We're Americans.

"We don’t have any more time to waste on partisan warfare."

Insiders from within the Trump campaign claim that he's not prepared a concession speech, and has told allies that he has no intention of admitting defeat.

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