Boris Johnson has claimed the UK has an “indestructible relationship” with the US, after his bilateral assembly on Thursday with President Joe Biden.
The prime minister is understood to not be eager on the well-worn phrase “particular relationship”, believing it makes the UK look weak.
However in an interview with the BBC after the pair met, he sought to underscore the closeness between the 2 nations, regardless of Biden’s issues in regards to the damaging standoff with the EU over the Northern Eire protocol.
“Look, I don’t thoughts the phrase ‘particular relationship’ as a result of it’s particular. However you recognize, it encompasses a actuality which is that the UK and the US have an actual congruence of views on some stuff that basically issues to the world. And so we imagine very strongly in democracy, we imagine in human rights, we imagine within the rules-based worldwide order, we imagine within the transatlantic alliance,” Johnson mentioned.
Requested what he would name the connection between the 2 international locations, he mentioned, “you possibly can name it the ‘deep and significant relationship’, no matter you need, the ‘indestructible relationship’. It’s a relationship that has endured for a really very long time, and has been an necessary a part of peace and prosperity each in Europe and world wide.”
Johnson denied Biden had advised him to resolve the standoff with the EU over the Northern Eire protocol, as a substitute reiterating the significance to each the UK and the US of the Good Friday/Belfast settlement.
It emerged as Biden arrived within the UK that senior US diplomats had warned the UK’s combative Brexit negotiator, David Frost, that his actions risked inflaming tensions in Northern Eire.
Lord Frost will attend the G7 summit on Friday. Requested in regards to the row with the EU, Johnson mentioned repeatedly that the 2 sides would “kind it out”.
However the prime minister appeared to criticise the EU’s method to implementing the protocol. “There are methods of implementing the protocol, methods of constructing it work, which may be excessively burdensome,” he mentioned. “I simply provide you with one statistic: 20% of the checks performed throughout the entire of the perimeter of the EU are actually carried out in Northern Eire, 3 times as many as occur in Rotterdam.”
Pressed on whether or not an settlement might be reached over the weekend, with EU chiefs and the French, German and Italian leaders current, he mentioned the summit can be targeted on different questions.
“No, no, no, no. We’re focusing right here on an enormous vary of issues that the G7 desires to have a look at. So we’re wanting on the post-pandemic world, we’re what we are able to do to ensure that we don’t have the world caught unprepared once more, or the western world anyway, for a pandemic in the way in which that we have been.”
After the assembly with Biden, the UK promised to proceed working with the EU to discover a resolution – however can also be not ruling out taking unilateral motion. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, mentioned as he ready to fly to Cornwall that “nothing is negotiable” in regards to the protocol.
A ban on chilled meats together with sausages and mincemeat being exported from Nice Britain into Northern Eire, which abides by EU agrifood guidelines, is because of come into power on 30 June.
Different G7 leaders will arrive in Cornwall on Friday, and they’re as a result of talk about the restoration from the pandemic on the first formal session within the afternoon, earlier than assembly the Queen on the Eden Venture.