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Biden's victory is an opportunity for PM to get UK to the front of the queue

Biden's victory is an opportunity for PM to get UK to the front of the queue

A JOE Biden Presidency will mean an overhaul of America’s place in the world and greater emphasis on alliances.

We can thank President Trump for waking us to the dangers China poses. But it will be Biden who plans to unite the West and respond.

There is an opportunity for Britain and Boris Johnson to get to the front of the queue.

Our relationship is deep and strong.

We share the same values and willing to step forward when necessary to defend them.

As our world gets more dangerous and complex the West must become more united and less risk-averse.


There is an opportunity for Britain and Boris Johnson to get to the front of the queue


If ‘Global Britain’ is more than a strapline but a statement of intent then now is the time to show it.

We’ve stood firm with our US ally when facing adversity in the past and now it's time to do it again.

The Prime Minister should consider appointing a ‘transition envoy’ to help build this new chapter of the special relationship.

A grandee who has served in frontline politics here and is well-known on the world stage - someone like William Hague.

The inauguration of the next President will take place on January 20th - just after our transition period with the EU comes to an end.


The PM should consider appointing a ‘transition envoy’ to help build this new chapter of the special relationship - a grandee like William Hague


Let’s get this EU deal behind us.

For Britain to remain at the top table we must strike a trade deal with the EU otherwise Biden will see us as ‘Johnny Come Latelys’.

His instincts are to support Ireland and peace there will overshadow the relationship with the UK. It’s critical that an agreement is struck and rapidly.

We must also confirm our presence on the world stage by completing the Integrated Review which will confirm our defence ambitions and intent.

We need to be on the world stage standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the US and defending and upgrading institutions like Nato and repairing and modernising organisations like the UN and WTO.

Trump looked after America, but as a Superpower, no president should step back as a force for good on the global stage.

The West has been leaderless with its main player not even on the pitch at times. It’s clear Biden will be different, pro-active, collegiate, and willing to stand up to our competitors.


We can thank President Trump for waking us to the dangers China poses


The pandemic has exposed how fragile our current global order has become. Easily exploited by countries such as Russia and China who seem free to pursue their own competing agenda.

We are at a pivotal moment in world affairs as it becomes more unsettled and dangerous. There is an opportunity for us to grasp a world order that is fit for purpose.

As we take on the Presidency of the G7 and host the next Global Climate Change Conference let's commit ourselves to follow the US in playing a far more influential role on the world’s stage.

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