One of Donald Trump’s most important allies is said to have “written off” his re-election opportunities and to hurry to build relationships with Joe Biden.
According to a report in The timesBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been warned of landslide defeat for Republicans next month. The Democrats are well on their way to a “triple whammy” of assuming the presidency, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
British ministers were told to forge links with Mr Biden and his team after private polls and modeling shown last month at 10 Downing Street estimated the chance of a Democratic victory at over 70 percent, with one model rose to 85 percent that weekend.
Despite an official decision not to take sides, Mr Johnson is said to have spoken to the US President last week to wish him well in the election – but privately, the British Prime Minister has all but given up on Mr Trump.
“You are now copying Trump in No. 10,” said a senior conservative party member The times.
The newspaper reports that key British officials have teamed up with Democrats. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab recently met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other powerful Congressmen on a visit to the United States.
The British ambassador to Washington, Karen Pierce, has meanwhile courted foreign affairs advisors to the Biden campaign, Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan, who are known to be secretaries to the state and national security adviser The times.
UK officials reportedly fear the impact of a Biden presidency on Brexit, believing the Democrat is more on the side of the European Union.
Over the past month, Mr Biden has looked at the issue and its possible impact on Northern Ireland.
“We cannot allow the Good Friday Agreement that brought Northern Ireland peace to fall victim to Brexit,” he tweeted.
A spokesman for Mr. Johnson at the time suggested that Mr. Biden did not understand the problem.
“We remain absolutely committed to no hard border or border infrastructure between the Republic and Northern Ireland,” he said The sun.
When asked if Mr Biden was wrong, he replied: “We will continue to work with our US partners to ensure that our position is understood, but the whole point, as the Prime Minister has pointed out, is Belfast / Good Friday to ensure agreement is observed. “
BBC business editor Faisal Islam said that US politicians have always “had a keen interest in anything that might affect the Good Friday Agreement, as the US was one of the guarantors of peace in Northern Ireland.”
“The US House of Representatives, which became a Democratic majority in 2018, was the cause of concern among members of the UK cabinet,” wrote Islam.
“Key figures in the Irish Congress lobby … have been appointed to key positions overseeing the US trade deal. Since then, Irish diplomats in the US have nurtured the bipartisan Irish lobby in Congress, persuading them to view the Brexit provisions as a “backstop” to protecting peace in Ireland. ”
A number of UK MPs and officials over the weekend raised concerns that if Mr Biden wins, hopes for a US-UK trade deal will be out of the window.
“Biden’s recent statements make it clear that he cannot or does not want to understand the UK’s position on Brexit,” said Conservative MP and former Brexit minister David Jones The sun.
“His attitude is unsympathetic to the desire of the British people to restore their independence.”
With the US elections now a little over three weeks away, most opinion polls show Mr Biden is on the way to a landslide victory.
On the Real Clear Politics average, the Democrat is currently nearly 10 percentage points ahead of the Republican nationwide.
The survey analysis website FiveThirtyEight currently estimates the chances of a Biden win at 86 percent.
Mr Biden said during a weekend election freeze that “harassment” at the voting booth was the only way he could lose before retreating his comments after interpreting them as doubts about the legitimacy of the result.
“Make sure you vote,” the former vice president told Pennsylvania voters. “Because we only lose this through the harassment that is going on at polling stations.”
Mr Biden said he was referring to comments made by Mr Trump in which he encouraged supporters to “go to the polls and watch very closely”.
The US president has repeatedly raised concerns about the impending election chaos due to the large number of postal ballot papers this year.
Democrats have warned the public not to expect a final result on election night, and some even say it might initially look like Mr Trump won in a landslide just because his lead was knocked off as all the votes were cast in the days that followed are counted.
Before leaving Pennsylvania, Mr. Biden clarified his comments and said they were “a little out of context.”
“I will accept the result of this election, period,” he said. “I was referring to attempts to influence people and keep them from voting. You shouldn’t pay attention to them. ”
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