Posted November 8, 2020 5:29 pm by

UK banks on climate change to warm frosty Biden ties

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson may find climate action to be his trump card to salvage ‘special’ relations with the US under the presidency of Joe Biden © UNITED NATIONS/AFP/File / Manuel ELIAS

London, United Kingdom, Nov 8 – From his “racist comments” to populist image, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is viewed with disdain by some in Joe Biden’s camp. But Britain hopes climate action could be a trump card to salvage its “special relationship” with the United States.

The Irish-American president-elect’s ambivalence towards the United Kingdom was illustrated in a viral video shared by a BBC reporter in Washington on Saturday, after the Democrat declared victory over Donald Trump.

“The BBC? I’m Irish!” a smiling Biden retorted in the video from January, ignoring the British reporter’s plea to ask a question.

The tone was jocular but Biden’s discontent at Johnson is on record, after the prime minister introduced Brexit-related legislation that both Ireland and leading US Democrats fear could undermine peace in Northern Ireland.

In September, Biden warned Britain could forget about its hopes for a US trade deal after Brexit takes full effect on January 1 if Northern Ireland becomes a “casualty” of the EU divorce.

Last December, as Johnson closed in on a general election victory, Biden showed his own disdain in describing the Conservative politician as a “physical and emotional clone” of Trump.

UK banks on climate change to warm frosty Biden ties

US President-elect Joe Biden, of Irish descent, HAS warned Britain can forget hopes for a US trade deal after Brexit takes full effect on January 1 if Northern Ireland becomes a “casualty” of the EU divorce © AFP/File / PAUL FAITH

The prime minister has offered praise of Trump in the past and his long trail of provocative comments has come back to haunt him at a time when France and Germany are beating their own path to Biden’s door.

Biden was vice-president to Barack Obama when Johnson, in 2016, wrote that Obama was anti-UK owing to his “part-Kenyan” heritage and “ancestral dislike of the British Empire”.

– ‘Shapeshifting creep’ –

Johnson is trying to make amends now and was among the first European leaders to post his congratulations via social media after US networks called the race for Biden.

“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,” he said.

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