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World reacts to Johnson’s victory

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USA – President Donald Trump tweeted “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN!” Trump tweeted. “This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the EU. Celebrate Boris!”

Trump and the British prime minister have stressed the importance of sealing a rapid US-UK free trade agreement as soon as possible after Brexit and the issue of the status of the NHS in any such deal became a significant theme of the election campaign.

Italy – Premier Giuseppe Conte said Friday that he Italy would strengthen ties with the United Kingdom after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s big election win on Thursday. “I have already congratulated my friend Boris Johnson,” Conte said on his way into the EU summit. “We agreed that he will come to Rome and I will go to London.
“I am confident that we can increase trade and cultural relations between the two countries”. Conte said Italian people residing in Britain “should be reassured because we have worked with them constantly. “We were already prepared to protect them fully in the case of a no-deal Brexit. “Now a orderly Brexit is on the horizon. “We have worked with EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. “He has taken on our demands to protect our companies and our community”.

Germany – Angela Merkel congratulated Johnson on his “resounding victory” in a statement on Twitter by her spokesman. “I look forward to working with you for the friendship and strong cooperation between our nations,” the German chancellor said.

How the British Media reported the Day After

Russia – The Kremlin said it was not sure whether the Tory win would bring “good relations” with Russia, which have been strained in recent years. “I don’t know to what extent such expectations are appropriate,” said the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov. While congratulating the Prime Minister on his election victory Putin said: ‘I am sure that the development of constructive dialogue and cooperation in various spheres would be fully in the interests of our countries’ peoples and the entire European continent.’

Israel – The Israeli foreign minister, Israel Katz, hailed Johnson’s larger than expected majority as “not just a political victory, first and foremost a victory of values”, referring to the allegations of antisemitism that dogged Corbyn throughout the campaign.

India – India’s nationalist prime minister, Narendra Modi, also congratulated Johnson. “I wish him the best and look forward to working together for closer India-UK ties,” he tweeted.

Australia – Australia’s rightwing prime minister, Scott Morrison, tweeted: “Congratulations @BorisJohnson on a resounding victory. Looking forward to the stability this brings and a new deal for Oz with the UK. Say g’day to the quiet Britons for us.”

Poland – “There has been a fundamental change here. Boris Johnson and the Conservatives have won a clear majority,” said Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.

Hungary – In Hungary, the nationalist Fidesz party of the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, was quick to congratulate Johnson, with Katalin Novák, the minister for the family, youth and international affairs, tweeting: “Conservatives have to become stronger in Europe.”

Czech Republic – Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, said that while it was a pity for Europe, it was at least “clear that Britain is leaving”. Babis described Johnson’s triumph as “a crushing victory for a charismatic leader”.

Spain – Andalusian Minister of Tourism, Juan Marín, has stated that the victory achieved by Boris Johnson in the UK general election is ‘bad news’ for tourism in Spain. Marín stated that Mr Johnson will apply a “hard Brexit” and explained that several measures have already been prepared in case of such a result, one that Andalusia had feared the most. Among the agreed measures, he detailed a sum of €1.4 million which will be spent promoting the region in the UK in a move to attract tourists.

France – Emmanuel Macron has warned Boris Johnson that the UK must remain “loyal” to EU standards post-Brexit for British companies to maintain access to the European market.

Europe – ‘We expect a vote on the withdrawal agreement as soon as possible,’ European Council President Charles Michel told reporters, referring to the deal that Johnson and the EU struck setting the terms of Britain’s exit on January 31, 2020. ‘It’s important to have clarity as soon as possible,’ Michel, who coordinates EU summits for the bloc’s 28 member states, said. The former Belgian prime minister hoped for ‘an early ratification by the British parliament’ of the exit agreement negotiated between London and the European Union, ‘so that we can start the negotiations on the next phase calmly, quietly but with great determination’.

Via The Guardian / Ansa / Daily Mail / FT

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