Boris Johnson downplayed the differences between the UK and the US over the effect of Brexit on peace in Northern Ireland, saying the two countries and the EU were in “harmony”. complete “in the 1998 peace agreement.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed US President Joe Biden as “a great breath of fresh air” and it has diminished the differences on the effect of Brexit on the peace agreement in Northern Ireland, after they met on the eve of the G7 summit.
The couple was all smiles as they posed for the media before 90 minutes of closed-door discussions, overshadowed by claims that Biden had ordered a rebuke in London amid their dispute with the European Union over new trade agreements. in Northern Ireland.
Following discussions in Cornwall, England, Johnson said the United States, the United Kingdom and the EU were in “complete harmony” in finding solutions to defend the 1998 peace agreement that ended decades ago. sectarian conflict in the British province.
“There is complete harmony on the need to continue to move forward, to find solutions, and to make sure we defend the Belfast Good Friday Agreement,” Johnson said.
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 10, 2021
After Brexit, a new agreement was needed for the border between Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, and Ireland, because the EU requires that certain assets be inspected and others not admitted to anything. .
Prior to the June 30 deadline, ongoing negotiations over the goods – including sausages – have been controversial and have attracted the attention of the White House.
U.S. officials have said the United States has no plans to participate in the negotiations and that Biden will not give a conference to Johnson but will urge a resolution to be reached quickly.
“I think what’s interesting is that Northern Ireland is a fantastic place and has extraordinary potential. It’s a big part of the UK,” Johnson said.
Asked if Biden had made his alarm about the situation in Northern Ireland very clear, Johnson said: “No, he didn’t.”
Johnson said Biden wanted to work with London on a wide range of issues ranging from climate change and COVID to security.
“It’s a great breath of fresh air,” Johnson said of discussions with Biden. “It’s new, it’s interesting and we work very hard together. We went for about an hour and 20 or so. It was a long, long, good session. We’ve covered a wide range of topics. ”
Biden was also positive about the meeting with Johnson, and said the couple discussed a wide range of issues.
“We affirm the special relationship between our people,” Biden said.
The U.S. president said the alliance faces challenges that include cybersecurity, new technologies, global health and the climate crisis.
A White House statement released shortly after the meeting between the two leaders said that “the United Kingdom and the United States reaffirm their commitment to work closely with all parties” to protect the [Good Friday] He agrees and “realizes his vision for reconciliation, consent, equality, respect for rights, and equal esteem.”
The President of the United States strongly opposes Brexit, the UK’s exit from the EU that Johnson has defended, and has expressed great concern about the future of Northern Ireland.
Atlantic Charter, new task force
Biden also said the two leaders has updated the 80-year-old Atlantic Charter, which led to the UN and NATO.
The new looks at the challenge posed by countries such as China and Russia with their promises to promote free trade, human rights and a rule-based international order, and to counter “those who seek to undermine our alliances and institutions. “
The new charter also aims to “interfere through misinformation” in elections and turbulent economic practices, accusations the West has made against Moscow and Beijing.
Biden and Johnson also agreed on a new joint task force to examine how to resume travel between the UK and the US, following successful coronavirus vaccination campaigns in the two countries.
They promised to work on “expanding trade and progressing towards a future UK-US free trade agreement”, according to Downing Street.
Biden warned that any UK that has made a commitment to its post-Brexit commitments in the European Union as far as Northern Ireland is concerned could jeopardize US trade negotiations.