Following a resounding win for Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party in the UK General Election today, world leaders have been queueing up to give their congratulations. Here are just some of their responses;
U.S. President Donald Trump was one of the first to respond in this Tweet;
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message which (in part) read, “I am convinced that developing a constructive dialogue and cooperation in different areas would fully meet the interests of our nations and the entire European continent.
I wish you every success in such a demanding role as the head of government, as well as a good health and prosperity.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted:
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsieng Loong sent a personal message to Mr. Johnson – “As you neg your future relations with the EU and enhance relations with other partners, including in SE Asia, I hope that the UK will continue to be a strong advocate for free trade, multilateralism and a rules-based international order.”
Boris Johnson ended up with an overwhelming 80-seat majority in the House of Commons and has vowed to ‘Get Brexit done’. He used a UK-manufactured JCB digger to push his message through just 3 days ago;
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted –
And India’s Narendra Modi this;
Germany’s Angela Merkel sent a message through her spokesperson, though it seems the European reaction is less than enthusiastic, more defeatest;
At a press conference today, Merkel congratulated on a “dramatic” victory and said future negotiation will be “difficult” but Germany wants an “excellent” partnership with the U.K.
Significantly, the Belgian politician and leading European Minister Guy Verhofstadt, a long-time adversary of Nigel Farage Tweeted;
This election drew more interest than normal from around the world;
I met with French Arte-Journal presenter Meline Freda last night, whose team was filming in a local pub and, amongst other aspects were interviewing local Bolton News journalist Joseph Timan (pictured below) in Wetherspoons pub, Bolton in the northwest of England. Meline told me they were hoping for another hung parliament. I told her ‘no way’…We had a bet…
Meline, you owe me 1 Euro!
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