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Boris Johnson and his ministers will scramble to woo Joe Biden as he comes to power

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19.01.2021

When Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, there won’t be a British minister physically present. But they will all be watching.

Each secretary of state, along with their team, will be looking for clues as to what is to come and – crucially – hints at how to form ties with the new administration. A push on the environmental agenda? A united effort on Covid? Or, perhaps, a good opener could be found in a mutual love of Biden’s Irish poet of choice, Seamus Heaney?

The rules of engagement mean that until the inauguration and Biden’s team are sworn in, there can be no direct contact between the incoming team and governments.

“Expect a lot of movement in the coming days,” says a government adviser on the prospect of finally being able to pick up the phone and get to grips with the new regime.

The departure of Donald Trump from the White House ends a bruising chapter in transatlantic relations. While the Republican was known as an anglophile, that was not enough to stop him from publicly criticising former prime minister Theresa May and butting heads with her successor, Boris Johnson, on policy issues.

The way Trump’s presidency ended – with the storming of the Capitol – offered one of the most challenging moments.

While the UK was quick to condemn the events, they resulted in some loose ends. The department of trade had hoped to finalise........

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