A spokesperson for the UK Prime Minister declined to comment whether Boris Johnson thinks all votes in the US election should be counted or not to avoid the British leader being dragged into the controversial presidential poll.
Mr Johnson has since been quiet over the struggle for the White House saying “he expected to work very, very closely with whoever becomes president”.
Mr Johnson’s stands follow President Donald Trump move to stop mail-in votes being counted legally in a number of US states in an attempt to prevent Joe Biden from being declared the winner.
After being asked repeatedly, the spokesperson for Downing Street refused to comment on President Trump’s reports of fraud in the presidential poll but hinted that the UK government remains confident in the electoral systems used in the US.
Responding to questions whether British representatives had reported any evidence of fraud in the elections, the spokesman said, “We have confidence in the checks and balances of the US system. But the count is ongoing and you obviously wouldn’t expect us to speculate on the outcome.”
The spokesman also didn’t comment when asked what Mr Johnson thought of President Trump’s 17-minute speech on Thursday night, in which he hinted to have won the election on the basis of “legal” votes and made an allegation that ballots still being counted were “illegal”.
The spokesperson for the pm said, “As the foreign secretary has said, it is important that the US electoral process is given time to reach a conclusion. We are of course watching closely, but the count is ongoing and you wouldn’t expect us to comment at this stage.”
Responding to a question whether the prime minister would have loved to see all votes counted, and if not doing so would go against America’s commitment to democracy and whether in a general sense he would advise all votes in any election to be counted.
“The electoral process is a matter for the relevant US authorities and we have confidence in the checks and balances of the US system,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson said during a visit to the East Midlands, “If I were a voter in America, I don’t think I would want anybody in another government commenting on our election in our country. I think while the votes are being counted we should wait and see. I have every confidence in the checks and balances of the American system.
“The prime minister of the United Kingdom is always going to work very, very closely with whoever is the president of the United States, and that’s going to be the case whatever the outcome of this election.
“I don’t think at this stage you’d expect any foreign international leader to comment on the democratic processes of a very friendly country. That’s just not what we do.”
No winner has so far emerged among the two candidates.