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 “perfect harmony” on the deal. 1998 peace.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed US President Joe Biden as “a great breath of fresh air” and downplayed differences over the effect of Brexit on the Northern Ireland peace deal after their meeting at the eve of the G7 summit.
The pair were all smiles as they posed for the media ahead of 90 minutes of closed-door discussions, overshadowed by claims Biden had ordered a reprimand in London amid his dispute with the European Union over new deals sales representatives in Northern Ireland.
After the talks in Cornwall, England, Johnson said the US, UK and EU were in “perfect harmony” to find solutions to enforce the 1998 peace agreement that ended the peace agreement. decades of sectarian conflict in the British province.
“There is complete harmony on the need to continue, to find solutions and to ensure that we honor the Belfast Good Friday deal,” Johnson said.
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 10, 2021
After Brexit, a new arrangement was needed for the border between Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, and Ireland, as the EU requires some goods to be inspected and others not to be admitted at all.
Before the June 30 deadline, continued negotiations on goods – including sausages – were controversial and caught 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 lecture Johnson but will urge a resolution to be reached quickly.
“I think what’s interesting is that Northern Ireland is a great place and has incredible potential. It’s a big, big part of the UK, ”Johnson said.
When asked if Biden had expressed concern over the situation in Northern Ireland, Johnson replied, “No, he didn’t.”
Johnson said Biden is keen to work with London on a wide range of issues from climate change and COVID to security.
“It’s a big breath of fresh air,” Johnson said of the talks with Biden. “It’s new, it’s interesting and we are working very hard together. We continued for about an hour and 20 or more. It was a long, long and good session. We have covered a wide range of topics.
Biden was equally positive about the meeting with Johnson and said the couple discussed a wide range of issues.
“We affirmed the special relationship between our people,” Biden said.
The US president said the alliance is tackling challenges that include cybersecurity, new technologies, global health and the climate crisis.
A White House statement issued 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] Accord and “realize its vision of reconciliation, consent, equality, respect for rights and parity of esteem”.
The US president strongly opposed Brexit, the UK’s exit from the EU that Johnson defended, and expressed great concern about the future of Northern Ireland.
Atlantic Charter, new working group
Biden said the two leaders also updated the 80-year-old Atlantic Charter, which led to the United Nations and NATO.
The news takes a look at the challenge posed by countries like China and Russia with their promises to promote free trade, human rights and a rules-based international order, and to counter “those who seek to undermine our alliances and our institutions.
The new charter also targeted “interference by disinformation” in elections and gloomy economic practices, accusations the West has leveled against Moscow and Beijing.
Biden and Johnson have also agreed to a new joint task force to consider how to resume travel between the UK and the US, following successful coronavirus vaccination campaigns in both countries.
They also pledged to work on “expanding trade and moving towards a future UK-US free trade agreement,” according to Downing Street.
Biden warned that any retreat from the UK on its post-Brexit commitments to the EU over Northern Ireland could jeopardize US trade talks.