Biden to assert special US-UK relationship at G7 meeting with Johnson | Joe biden
Joe Biden has issued a statement pledging to affirm his “special relationship” with Britain when he meets Boris Johnson at this week’s G7 summit in the UK and discuss issues such as the standoff in Ireland North.
In an article for the Washington Post published Sunday before his first trip abroad as president, Biden wrote: “In the UK, after meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to affirm the special relationship between our nations, I participate in the G7. Mountain peak.
“This group of leading democracies and economies have not met in person for two years due to the coronavirus. Ending this pandemic, improving the health security of all nations and fostering a strong and inclusive global economic recovery will be our top priorities. “
Biden added that he will use his time during the summit to achieve America’s “renewed commitment to our allies and partners” and “bring the world’s democracies together” against the world’s most significant threats, including the pandemic. and climate change.
The US president is also expected to speak to Johnson about the current disagreements over the Brexit deal, expressing support for his Northern Ireland protocol, which has met stiff opposition from trade unionists and loyalists who say he separates the region from the rest of the UK.
The Times reported that Biden should tell Johnson that the United States views the protocol as a crucial part of long-term peacekeeping in Northern Ireland and, in particular, the Good Friday Agreement, which the states -Unis are guarantors.
The newspaper quotes sources as saying Biden should warn the prime minister that a possible US-UK trade deal will be in jeopardy if the situation is not resolved, while telling leaders in Brussels that he expects the EU to be more “flexible” and less “bureaucratic”.
Biden, who is of Irish descent, reaffirmed his support for the Good Friday deal in March after tensions over the protocol led to violent riots. The protocol was originally put in place to prevent a hard land border in Ireland by effectively keeping Northern Ireland within the single market.
Biden and his wife, Jill, are due to meet the Queen at Windsor Castle on Sunday, June 13, Buckingham Palace announced earlier, to coincide with the end of the G7 summit.