UK PM Johnson congratulates Biden on election win

PM Boris Johnson says Britain and the United States will work together to support democracy and combat climate change. He denies that his close ties to President Trump would hurt U.K.-U.S. relations once President-elect Joe Biden takes office. (Nov. 5)

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- Have you spoken to President-elect Biden?

BORIS JOHNSON: I haven't yet. But I-- I congratulate President Biden-- President-elect Biden-- very much on his victory and, of course, I congratulate Kamala Harris on being the first female vice-president, as she will become, in the history of the United States.

And the United States is our closest to most important ally. And that's been the case under president after president, prime minister after prime minister. It won't-- it won't change. And I look forward very much to working with President Biden and his team on a lot of crucial stuff for us in the weeks and months ahead. Tackling climate change, trade, international security, many, many-- many, many other issues.

- As you know, President-elect Biden has called you a clone of President Trump. And he's also made it clear that he thinks Brexit is a mistake, and it will diminish Britain in the world. How are you going to convince him that he's wrong?

BORIS JOHNSON: We have common values. We have common interests. We have a common global perspective. There's a huge amount of work we need to do together to protect those values.

I believe in democracy, in free speech around the world, in human rights, in free trade, in the rules-based international order. All these things are currently under threat. And you have the United States and Britain standing together, as they have done in many times in the past to protect those values. So there's far more, I think, that-- that unites us than divides us.