DOMINIC Raab has said the US election is “for the people to decide” and the American institutions would give a result after Donald Trump called it a fraud.
Mr Raab refused to be baited on commenting on the knife-edge fight between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, saying the UK would have a strong relationship with either candidate.
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Speaking on Sky News, the Foreign Secretary said: “I don’t think there’s a clear result yet. We’ll see how this plays out, we may not get a definitive result for hours if not days.
“This is for the American people to decide and we’re confident in the American institutions to produce a result”.
Mr Raab said the robust checks and balances in the US political system would give a definitive result.
President Donald Trump this morning claimed victory despite only having a wafer thin lead and critical states still hanging in the balance.
Mr Trump called the election a “fraud” and vowed to ask the Supreme Court to order votes to stop being counted.
He said: “This is a very big moment. This is a major fraud on our nation.”
Millions of postal votes, which are expected to heavily favour Mr Biden, are still uncounted.
Biden’s team furiously hit back saying Trump’s speech was “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect”.
Mr Raab said whatever the outcome, the relationship between the US and the UK would remain strong and he had faith in a post-Brexit trade deal.
He said: “I’m confident the relationship will be in good shape. I’m confident there’s an excellent free trade deal there to be done.
“The US and UK, come what may, regardless of the individuals in No10 or in the Whitehouse has got such a bedrock of history and shared values, economic ties, security cooperation.
“I’m very confident we will have an even stronger relationship going forward.”
While Mr Raab refused to condemn Mr Trump’s claims of fraud, former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said “protracted legal arguments” could spell a “catastrophe for the worldwide reputation of democracy”.
Mr Hunt told BBC Radio 4: “It’s obviously a total nail biter, but my biggest worry is we forget that the US is the leading democracy in the world.”
Mr Hunt said a massive row about process and people “talking about stolen elections” would play right into the hands of authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China.
“(It would) only put a smile onto the face of President Putin, (Chinese) President Xi, who will look at their own people and say aren’t you please we don’t have any of this mess.
“That would be an absolute disaster, we must remember that the reputation of democracy across the world is at stake here.”
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