Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party, stated that if Donald Trump were to be re-elected as president of the United States, a Labour government would have to find a way to work with him.
In U.K. opinion polls, Starmer is significantly ahead of Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as the expected general election approaches next year.
Starmer’s party, which leans towards the center-left, may not align well with Trump if he secures the Republican nomination and defeats President Joe Biden in the upcoming election.
During an interview with the BBC’s Political Thinking podcast, Starmer expressed his thoughts on a possible Trump presidency, stating that although there may be disagreements, it is important to find a way to make it work.
He stated, “I believe that as a leader, you do not have the power to choose other leaders globally. That responsibility falls on democracies…However, in a mature world, you must find a way to make that relationship successful.”
After speaking on POLITICO’s Power Play podcast, Starmer expressed that a Trump win would not be his ideal outcome. He also shared his concern about the possibility of Trump altering the American stance on Russia’s involvement in the war in Ukraine.
Starmer emphasized the importance of progressives staying united during challenging times, as he previously stated. He stated that if there is a change in government, particularly in the U.S., Ukraine will likely be the most affected area and its position may be impacted.
If they both succeed next year, Starmer and Trump would not be the initial guardians of the highly-anticipated U.K.-U.S. “special relationship” to appear completely different.
Tony Blair, the Prime Minister of Labour, aligned himself closely with George W. Bush, the Republican President, after the events of 9/11. He played a significant part in backing the Iraq War, a choice that has not been forgotten by many members of his party who lean towards the left.