The UK is telling ministers to cozy up to the Biden camp, as Boris Johnson is 'writing off Trump' in the upcoming US election
Donald Trump, Dominic Raab and Boris Johnson during the annual NATO Summit on December 4, 2019 in Watford, England. Stefan Rousseau via Getty Images
Britain has told government ministers to campaign for the Biden campaign for fear that Trump will lose the US elections, according to The Sunday Times.
"You are now copying Trump in No. 10," a senior Conservative Party adviser told the newspaper.
In recent weeks, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Chris Coons, and Congressman Richard Neal.
Karen Pierce, the British Ambassador to the United States, warmed up Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan, two of Biden's top foreign policy advisors.
Most polls show that in the run-up to the November 3 election, Biden is a narrow margin over Trump.
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Boris Johnson's administration has advised ministers to forge links with Joe Biden's campaign as they believe Donald Trump is likely to lose the US election, according to The Sunday Times.
"You are now copying Trump in No. 10 (the official residence of the Prime Minister)," a senior Conservative Party adviser told the newspaper.
The newspaper said Johnson and his team looked at a number of private polls that found Biden had a 70% chance of winning on November 3rd.
With 23 days to go, most public polls suggest that Biden has a head start on Trump.
As a result, top British officials have been trying for the past few weeks to win Biden's allies, according to the Sunday Times.
Donald Trump (L) and Joe Biden (R) Getty
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Chris Coons and Congressman Richard Neal. Karen Pierce, the British Ambassador to the United States, has warmed up two senior foreign policy advisors for the Biden campaign: Tony Blinken and Jake Sullivan.
The news follows reports in July and August detailing how desperate Trump was that Trump was losing the election and that his administration had already reached out to Democratic Party officials for support for a post-Brexit trade deal.
Johnson's relationship with Biden is frosty
Joe Biden and his election for Vice President Kamala Harris, seen in Texas September 2019. Win McNamee / Getty Images
Biden has indicated that if he wins the presidency he will be able to prioritize a trade deal with the EU rather than one between the UK and the US.
Biden criticized the UK's behavior during negotiations with the EU, saying that a US-UK trade deal would not be feasible if Johnson’s administration decided to break an agreement with the EU over Northern Ireland.
The UK is expected to end the transition period after leaving the EU on January 1, 2021 and is making efforts to sign bilateral trade agreements.
Biden has also grappled with Johnson because of his characterization of President Barack Obama.
While Johnson has clashed with Trump on several counts, the two are friendly and are considered close allies.
A recent YouGov poll found that 61% of Britons said they wanted Biden to win the November 3rd election, while 13% said they would support Trump.
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