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Global leaders send messages of support to Boris Johnson

Messages wishing Boris Johnson a speedy recovery after he was admitted to intensive care have been pouring in, with politicians across the world sending best wishes to the prime minister, his family and the British people.

Johnson’s predecessors as prime minister, David Cameron and Theresa May, both sent messages of support, while Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, who is himself recovering from the virus, said his “thoughts are with you and your family”.

As several of Johnson’s colleagues expressed sadness and shock at the news, messages flooded in from across the political divide.

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian leader whose wife was one of the first personalities connected to a world leader to contract the virus, also sent a message of support, saying he hoped to see Johnson back at No 10 soon.

David Cameron (@David_Cameron)

Thinking of @BorisJohnson and his family tonight. Get well soon. You are in great hands and we all want you safe, well and back in @10DowningStreet.

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, said all his wishes were with the prime minister, his family and the people of Britain in “this difficult time” and he hoped Johnson would “quickly overcome” this ordeal.

Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron)

Tout mon soutien à Boris Johnson, à sa famille et au peuple britannique dans ce moment difficile. Je lui souhaite de surmonter cette épreuve rapidement.

Leo Varadkar, the Irish taoiseach, tweeted: “Boris Johnson is in our thoughts tonight. We wish him a speedy recovery and a rapid return to health,” while the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said: “The people of Israel pray for the speedy and full recovery of our friend.”

Earlier on Monday, before the prime minister was hospitalised, Donald Trump sent his country’s best wishes, saying: “All Americans are praying for him.”

He added: “He’s a great friend of mine. I’m sure he is going to be fine. He’s a strong man, a strong person.”

The White House (@WhiteHouse)

President @realDonaldTrump expressed America's well wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson for a speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/C3AfUuuVyv

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, also sent best wishes, as did political rivals at home including Nicola Sturgeon, Jeremy Corbyn and the new Labour leader, Keir Starmer, who said the prime minister’s transfer to intensive care was “terribly sad news”.

Italian President Guiseppe Conte tweeted: “My thoughts go to Boris Johnson and all the British people. I wish you a fast recovery. You have the whole Italian Government’s support and my personal one.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted: “Get well soon
Boris Johnson. Thinking of you, your family and all our UK friends at this tough time.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the People of Israel pray for the speedy and full recovery of our friend British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.”

Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer)

Terribly sad news. All the country’s thoughts are with the Prime Minister and his family during this incredibly difficult time. https://t.co/9Eh4ktiqTw

Message of support also came in from the president of Ghana, president of the European commission, and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

The Unite union leader, Len McCluskey, sent his best wishes to the prime minister’s family, tweeting: “This is an agony that so many families across the country are going through.”

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