UK’s Johnson performs down N Ireland tensions after Biden talks

Boris Johnson performed down variations between UK and the US concerning the impact of Brexit on the peace in Northern Ireland, saying the 2 nations and the EU had been in ‘complete harmony’ on the 1998 peace settlement.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has hailed US President Joe Biden as “a big breath of fresh air” and performed down variations concerning the impact of Brexit on the peace settlement in Northern Ireland, after they met on the eve of the G7 summit.

The pair had been all smiles as they posed for the media earlier than 90 minutes of closed-door discussions, overshadowed by claims Biden had ordered a rebuke to London amid its dispute with the European Union about new buying and selling preparations in Northern Ireland.

After the talks in Cornwall, England, Johnson stated the United States, United Kingdom and EU had been in “complete harmony” on discovering options to uphold the 1998 peace deal that ended a long time of sectarian battle within the British province.

“There’s complete harmony on the need to keep going, find solutions, and make sure we uphold the Belfast Good Friday Agreement,” Johnson stated.

After Brexit, a brand new association was wanted for the border between Northern Ireland, which is a part of the UK, and Ireland, as a result of the EU requires sure items to be inspected and others to not be admitted in any respect.

Ahead of a June 30 deadline, persevering with negotiations about items – together with sausages – have been contentious and have attracted the eye of the White House.

US officers have stated the US doesn’t plan to be concerned within the negotiations and that Biden wouldn’t lecture Johnson however would urge {that a} decision be reached expeditiously.

“I think what’s interesting is Northern Ireland is a fantastic place and it’s got amazing potential. It is a great, great part of the UK,” stated Johnson.

Asked if Biden had made his alarm concerning the state of affairs in Northern Ireland very clear, Johnson stated, “No, he didn’t.”

Johnson stated Biden needed to work with London on an enormous vary of points starting from local weather change and COVID to safety.

“It’s a big breath of fresh air,” Johnson stated of the talks with Biden. “It’s new, it’s interesting and we’re working very hard together. We went on for about an hour and 20 or so. It was a long, long, good session. We covered a huge range of subjects.”

‘Special relationship’

Biden was equally constructive concerning the assembly with Johnson, and stated the pair mentioned a broad vary of points.

“We affirmed the special relationship between our people,” Biden stated.

The American president stated the alliance is addressing challenges that embrace cybersecurity, new applied sciences, international well being and the local weather disaster.

An announcement from the White House launched shortly after the assembly between the 2 leaders stated “the UK and US reaffirm their commitment to working closely with all parties” to guard the [Good Friday] Agreement and “realise its vision for reconciliation, consent, equality, respect for rights, and parity of esteem”.

The US president staunchly opposed Brexit, the UK’s exit from the EU that Johnson championed, and has expressed nice concern about the way forward for Northern Ireland.

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Atlantic Charter, new job power

Biden stated the 2 leaders additionally up to date the 80-year-old Atlantic Charter, which led to the United Nations and NATO.

The new one appears to the problem posed by nations like China and Russia with its guarantees to advertise free commerce, human rights and a rules-based worldwide order, and to counter “those who seek to undermine our alliances and institutions.”

The new constitution additionally took intention at “interference through disinformation” in elections and murky financial practices, prices that the West has levelled at Moscow and Beijing.

Biden and Johnson additionally agreed on a brand new joint job power to look at resume travel between the UK and the US, following profitable coronavirus vaccination campaigns in each nations.

They additionally pledged to work on “expanding trade and progression towards a future UK-US free trade agreement”, in response to Downing Street.

Biden has warned that any UK backpedalling on its post-Brexit commitments to the EU relating to Northern Ireland might imperil the US commerce negotiation.


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