UK General Elections 2024 Reactions

BY: Kavya Bhatt

Following a parliamentary election in which Keir Starmer's center-left Labour Party defeated Rishi Sunak's Conservatives and ended their 14 years of frequently turbulent reign, Starmer will take over as prime minister of the United Kingdom.

BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA, ON X: "I'd like to salute Keir Starmer, the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for the Labour Party. I wish you a great term. Count on Brazil to strengthen the diplomatic ties between our countries, sustainable development and democracy."

GERMAN CHANCELLOR OLAF SCHOLZ IN STATEMENT: "I am delighted about the election victory of the leader of our sister party in the UK. I know Keir Starmer personally, we have often met and talked. He will be a very good, very successful prime minister... I also have the impression that we won't have much trouble developing relations between Europe and the UK and between Germany and the UK."

ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER GIORGIA MELONI ON X: "My congratulations to Keir Starmer on his election success. Relations between Italy and the United Kingdom are excellent and I'm sure we'll continue to cultivate a relationship of strong and reliable cooperation between our great nations... "I thank my friend Rishi Sunak for these years of intense cooperation and sincere friendship..."

INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI ON X: "Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to @Keir_Starmer on the remarkable victory in the general elections. I look forward to our positive and constructive collaboration to further strengthen the India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in all areas, fostering mutual growth and prosperity." "Thank you @RishiSunak for your admirable leadership of the UK, and your active contribution to deepen the ties between India and the UK during your term in office."'

IRISH PRIME MINISTER SIMON HARRIS AT PRESS CONFERENCE: "The relationship between an Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) and a British prime minister is vital... It is time for a great reset. This morning from Dublin, I want to send a message to London that I will match Keir Starmer's commitment and energy to our peace process and to our future potential in so many areas."

UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKIY ON X: "Congratulations to @Keir_Starmer and @UKLabour on their convincing election victory. Ukraine and the United Kingdom have been and will continue to be reliable allies through thick and thin. We will continue to defend and advance our common values of life, freedom, and a rules-based international order... "I am grateful to my good friend @RishiSunak for the UK government's steadfast support under his leadership. Challenger tanks, Storm Shadow missiles, F-16 training for our pilots, and the first bilateral security cooperation agreement are just a few of our shared achievements that Ukraine will never forget."

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU ON X: "Congratulations, @Keir_Starmer, on a historic U.K. election victory. Lots of work ahead to build a more progressive, fair future for people on both sides of the Atlantic. Let's get to it, my friend."