UK Labor Govt Sees No Change in Anglo-American Relationship

By Patrick Goodenough | July 7, 2008 | 8:08 PM EDT

London ( -Britain's Labor government early Wednesday cautiously welcomed the outcome of the nail biting U.S. presidential election, saying it did not expect any strain on the Anglo-American relationship as a result of a Republican administration.

Speaking before Vice-President Al Gore retracted his earlier concession, Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said presumed President-elect George W. Bush had some very competent and experienced foreign policy advisors. Will send a fuller story in a while.

He expressed admiration and support for Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, who have been tipped as possible contenders for top positions in the new administration's national security and foreign policy team.

"The fundamentals remain strong between us," Cook told British radio. "The United States is our biggest trading partner, we're one of its closest allies, we're the natural bridge between the United States and Europe, and that bridge is essential to the trans-Atlantic alliance which is at the heart of the U.S. defense and foreign policy."

Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair has been a friend and close ally of President Clinton, and the two "third way" leaders have shared a number of campaign advisors and pollsters. More to come.

Patrick Goodenough
Patrick Goodenough
Spencer Journalism Fellow