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Boris Johnson congratulates Joe Biden on US election win

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is among politicians congratulating Joe Biden on his US presidential election win.

Mr Johnson said he looked forward to “working closely” with Mr Biden.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer praised Mr Biden’s campaign of “decency, integrity, compassion and strength”.

Vote counting continues after Tuesday’s election, but the BBC projected on Saturday that Mr Biden has surpassed 270 electoral college votes – the threshold required to win.

Donald Trump’s campaign has indicated the incumbent president does not plan to concede.

Mr Johnson said in a statement on Twitter on Saturday: “The US is our important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.”

Mr Johnson also congratulated Mr Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, on “her historic achievement”. She will be the country’s first female vice-president.

Sir Keir said on Twitter that Mr Biden’s campaign was based on “decency, integrity, compassion and strength”, which are “values that we in the United Kingdom share”.

Joe Biden and then-PM David Cameron

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The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey, said the result was “a great victory for social justice, climate action and democracy”.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon also shared her congratulations, while SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said the win “gives great hope to progressives here in Scotland and around the world”.

First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford tweeted that he was looking forward to working with Mr Biden “to build on the strong links between Wales and USA”.

The BBC’s projection of Mr Biden’s victory is based on the unofficial results from states that have already finished counting their votes, and the expected results from states like Wisconsin where the count is continuing.

The election has seen the highest turnout since 1900. Mr Biden has won more than 73 million votes so far, the most ever for a US presidential candidate. Mr Trump has drawn almost 70 million, the second-highest tally in history.

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