Lisa Nandy says Biden is good for UK despite Johnson misgivings ‘He cares about Britain’

Joe Biden presidency is good for Britain claims Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy believes incoming President Joe Biden is good for the UK as he has already shown an eagerness in working with the country. Boris Johnson was one of the first foreign leaders the Democrat called after winning the US election in November. Nandy also added this is a chance for the UK to “turn a new page” after spending the last few years attempting to win the favour of Donald Trump. 

LBC’s Nick Ferrari interviewed the Labour MP and asked: “How will we know if Joe Biden is good for relations for the UK and US?”

Nandy responded: “I think already we’ve seen he’s good for relations between the UK and the US. 

“We’ve had a few years in which the Government has chased and fallen over backwards to try and cosy up to Donald Trump but we haven’t got a trade deal, we haven’t got justice for Harry Dunn, we haven’t been able to persuade the US to rejoin the WHO.

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“This is the moment where we could turn the page on that and you can see from the fact that one of the first phone calls Joe Biden made to a foreign leader was to the UK prime minister and that shows he cares deeply about Britain.

“He values those ties, he has family in Ireland, he has close ties to the United Kingdom and he will want to have a relationship with us despite all his misgivings about Boris Johnson, in particular on a personal level.

“So there is a moment here where if our government decides that it wants to step up and end a decade of global retreat, start to repair some of those relationships we’ve needlessly trashed, we could see ourselves in a strong position. 

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“This is the year the conservative government needs to step up, change course, and start to deliver for Britain.”

The relationship between the two leaders has been shaky over the years. 

The PM has previously called into question Obama’s Kenyan ancestry as being the reason for anti-British sentiments, something Biden has not forgotten while he was his Vice-president.

Biden has also voiced concerns about the UK’s Brexit decision calling it a “dangerous isolationist move”. 

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Boris Johnson said in a statement: “I warmly congratulate Joe Biden on his historic inauguration as 46th president of the United States and look forward to working closely with his new administration as we defeat Covid and build back better from the pandemic.

“In our fight against Covid and across climate change, defence, security and in promoting and defending democracy, our goals are the same and our nations will work hand-in-hand to achieve them.

“I look forward to welcoming him to Carbis Bay for the G7 as we join forces to protect our planet.

“Only through international cooperation can we truly overcome the shared challenges which we face.”

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