Boris Johnson has rushed to congratulate Joe Biden after American TV networks named him as the 46th US President.
The Prime Minister issued a statement earlier this evening which stated the the US was ‘our most important ally’ before stating he would ‘look froward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security’.
Nicola Sturgeon and Sir Keir Starmer are among other British political leaders who have taken to social media after CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the AP and USA Today all made the call over Biden’s projected victory.
Votes in Philadelphia pushed Biden’s margin in must-win Pennsylvania to 34,558, more than 0.5 per cent – putting the result in the state beyond doubt.
That took him to 273 electoral votes – putting the 77-year-old on a clear path to the White House.
The states of Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina were still to be called.
Kamala Harris, his running mate, becomes the first female vice president, and the first black and Asian-American vice president.
Biden, who will address the nation tonight, has since been congratulated by other UK political leaders.
British political leaders have rushed to congratulate Joe Biden after American TV networks name him next US President
Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued a tweet which read: ‘Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.’
It was accompanied by a statement that 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 froward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.’
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon also congratulated Biden on his projected victory.
‘Congratulations from [Scotland] to President-Elect Joe Biden and to history-making Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris,’ she wrote on Twitter.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also said: ‘Congratulations to Joe Biden 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.’
Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales, wrote: ‘Congratulations to @JoeBiden on winning the presidential election in a record turnout. And to @KamalaHarris; the first female, black and Indian-American to hold the country’s 2nd highest office.
‘Look forward to working with you to build on the strong links between Wales and USA.’
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their election victory, saying it ‘gives great hope to progressives here in Scotland and around the world’.
In a series of tweets, he said: ‘The integrity of democracy demands this result is recognised in America and internationally.
‘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.’
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner tweeted: ‘A massive congratulations to the 46th President of the USA @JoeBiden and Vice-President @KamalaHarris.’
London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: ‘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.’
Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley said: ‘We welcome Joe Biden’s commitment to immediately sign the Paris Climate Agreement.
‘The world is counting on him to urgently pivot the USA to a trajectory of net-zero carbon emissions and ecological sustainability.’
Irish political leaders have also come out in force to show their support including President Michael D Higgins.
Mr Higgins said: ‘Today, I have conveyed my best wishes to President-elect Joe Biden, wishing him and the American people every good fortune for his term in office and congratulating him, and congratulating Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on her historic achievement.
‘Sabina and I, and the staff at Aras an Uachtarain, have the warmest memories of Joe Biden’s two visits to us.
‘The bonds between the peoples of Ireland and the United States are close and strong, and I look forward to our two countries working together to rebuild the much-needed trust in the methods and institutions of national and international solidarity and cooperation.
‘That solidarity is indispensable, if we are to address the urgent challenges of our time, including such diverse issues as the need to address the cause and consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, global poverty, hunger, migration and the digitisation of our economies, all issues on which the President-elect has expressed a commitment.
‘On behalf of the people of Ireland, I wish President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris every success in the years ahead.’
Taosieach Micheal Martin described Mr Biden as a ‘true friend of this nation.’
He said: ‘On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, I offer warmest congratulations to Joe Biden on his election as the 46th President of the United States.
‘Ireland takes pride in Joe Biden’s election, just as we are proud of all the generations of Irish women and Irish men and their ancestors whose toil and genius have enriched the diversity that powers America.’
Mr Martin noted the strong ties between Mr Biden and Ireland.
‘Joe Biden has always been a stalwart friend and supporter of Ireland, including of the prosperity, stability and opportunity made possible by the Good Friday Agreement, to which he has pledged his ongoing steadfast support,’ he said.
He added: ‘I also wish to congratulate Kamala Harris on her election as Vice-President and recognise the tremendous significance of her election to the role.
‘I am greatly looking forward to working with the new Administration in the period ahead in progressing international peace and security.’
Mr Martin pledged to make progress on the issue of the undocumented Irish immigrants in the US, of which there are some 50,000.
He said: ‘I also intend to work closely with the new administration and the United States Congress to pursue comprehensive immigration reform, an issue that is so important to tens of thousands of Irish people making a significant contribution to America.’
Foreign Minister Simon Coveney wrote: ‘Congratulations to ?@JoeBiden on becoming the 46th President elect of the £USA.
‘We look forward to working with a £BidenHarris presidency to sustain & strengthen Irish American relations, and so much more.’
Further Education Minister Simon Harris was celebrating his success and that of vice president-elect Kamala Harris, with his young daughter, Saoirse.
He tweeted: ‘Congratulations Mr President-Elect – a man of decency with deep Irish roots. Great to see a Harris going to the White House with you!
‘@KamalaHarris -1st female Vice President of the US. Historic moment & one I will tell my little girl all about. You can be whatever you want to be!’