09 November 2016
UK and US remain ‘strong and close partners’
Prime Minster Theresa May has said the US and UK will remain "strong and close partners" following the news that Donald Trump has been elected President.
In a statement released around 90 minutes after Trump's victory speech, Mrs May said she aims to speak to the president-elect "at the earliest possible opportunity" to discuss the "special relationship" between the two countries.
"I would like to congratulate Donald Trump on being elected the next president of the United States, following a hard-fought campaign," she said.
"Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise.
"We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defence.
"I look forward to working with president-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead."
The response to Trump's election has been mixed, with a number of UK MPs speaking out about their shock at the result.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Trump's victory was "an unmistakable rejection of a political establishment and an economic system that simply isn't working for most people".
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon congratulated the president-elect, but said the result was "not the outcome I hoped for".
The UK's FTSE 100 plummeted 2% on opening following the announcement of Trump's victory. However, it rallied later in the morning.