Boris Johnson Congratulates Joe Biden

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has joined other world leaders in tweeting his congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. He said Harris – the first woman and first African-American to become Vice President-elect – had made a “historic achievement” and said he looked forward to working closely with the Biden administration.

Johnson and his Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab attracted criticism earlier this week for falling short of condemning Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that the election had been riddled with fraud.

Our political correspondent Jessica Parker says the US and UK’s “special relationship” may face a downgrade with Joe Biden at the helm.

“They won’t be seen as natural allies: Joe Biden, the seasoned Democrat, and Boris Johnson, the bombastic Brexiteer,” she writes. The UK government’s manoeuvres in relation to Brexit have not gone down well with key Democrats and the Irish lobby in US politics, including the president-elect.