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Friday, 14 June 2024 – 07:05

UK General Election: How the World Reacted

The Conservatives have won a large majority in the UK General Election 2019, and world leaders have been sending out their messages.

Donald Trump was quick to congratulate Boris Johnson on his victory, and also immediately mentioned a trade deal after Brexit;

“Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN! Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal after BREXIT. This deal has the potential to be far bigger and more lucrative than any deal that could be made with the E.U. Celebrate Boris!”

German Chancellor Angel Merkel congratulated Mr Johnson in a tweet saying;

 “I look forward to our further co-operation towards the friendship and close partnership of our countries” 

Donald Tusk, former President of the EU Council tweeted;

“The fatigue with Brexit cannot mean a fatigue with the UK. Regardless of the result of today’s elections, the EU should do everything to have the best possible relations with the UK.”

The new European Council President, Charles Michel, congratulated Mr Johnson on the electoral success and said that the EU is ready for the next phase of Brexit;

“I would like to congratulate @BorisJohnson on his victory. We expect a vote on the withdrawal agreement as soon as possible. #EU is ready for the next phase. We will negotiate a future trade deal which ensures a true level playing field.”

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has expressed relief that deadlock over Brexit over recent years would seem to have now passed, but did say that a withdrawal agreement was needed that included no hard border.

The Kremlin has expressed uncertainty over the results. A spokesman said it had hoped that an election would bring to power those in favour of “good relations” with Russia but it was unsure whether this would be the case under the Conservatives.

Members of the general public have also of course been having their say on the election results. Some of the more vocal Conservative supports have been celebrating their party’s win on social media, and the Boris Johnson has been giving speeches and has met the Queen following the results. Some of those opposing the Conservatives have been tweeting their frustration with the results, leading to the trending of #notmygovernment and #notmyprimeminister. Some more extreme cases have included people tweeting how they ‘cried themselves to sleep’ and were considering leaving the country.


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Photo Credit: EU2018BG Bulgarian Presidency via Flickr under licence (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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