Brexit news live: G7 ends with “frank” Biden-Johnson discussion on Northern Ireland
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Joe Biden urged Boris Johnson to ensure the Northern Ireland peace process is protected amid a bitter dispute between London and Brussels over post-Brexit trade deals.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the US president had a “frank discussion” with the prime minister on the issue at the G7 summit in Cornwall, which ended on Sunday.
It came as the gathering of world leaders ended in a bitter and escalating feud after Dominic Raab, the foreign minister, accused Emmanuel Macron, the French president and other prominent figures in the world. ‘EU to speak of Northern Ireland “as if it is some sort of different country to the UK”, calling the comments “offensive”.
Mr Macron has firmly denied ever having questioned British sovereignty, but insisted that the UK must honor the commitments Mr Johnson made in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.
Johnson on Tory backlash against Covid measures
Boris Johnson has been criticized by his own MPs as he prepares to delay the final lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England.
The prime minister is expected to announce that the end of social distancing rules will be delayed for four weeks until July 19.
Former Minister Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group (CRG) of Conservative MPs, said any postponement would be a “political choice.”
Conservative MP Peter Bone said a delay in lifting the restrictions should not happen “without really good reason” and that currently he “does not see the evidence why we should postpone our freedom.”
Tom BatchelorJune 14, 2021 09:22
Biden invites Queen to stay in the White House
Joe Biden said he invited the Queen to stay in the White House when he met her on Sunday.
Mr Biden and his wife, Jill, had tea with the 95-year-old monarch at Windsor Castle.
The 78-year-old president said: “I don’t think she will be insulted, but she reminded me of my mother.”
The president said the Queen asked him about Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom Biden is meeting on Wednesday, and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Queen has also requested to live in the White House. Mr Biden said he told him, “We could set up the White House in the courtyard” of the castle.
When asked if he invited the Queen to come to the White House, Mr Biden replied: “Yes”.
Tom BatchelorJune 14, 2021 9:08 AM
UN executive calls for investing in women and girls to achieve G7 goals
Words like vaccines, climate, trade, taxes, debt and development feature prominently at the G7 summit, writes Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women.
These are the right goals at the right time. But achieving them cannot be done without bold investments in women and girls. The summit should add one more word to its vocabulary: gender.
Tom BatchelorJune 14, 2021 8:55 AM
UK reputation at stake over Brexit, Barnier warns
Michel Barnier, the EU’s former Brexit negotiator, said the UK’s reputation was at stake over trade tensions with Northern Ireland.
“The UK has to pay attention to its reputation,” Barnier told France Info radio.
“I want Mr Johnson to respect his signature,” he added.
Tom BatchelorJune 14, 2021 8:42 AM
Macron in the center of the Brexit row
The sausage war between the UK and the EU escalated yesterday as the Elysee Palace dismissed claims Emmanuel Macron confused Northern Ireland’s constitutional status in conversation with Boris Johnson at the G7 summit in Cornwall.
In a scathing response to the Prime Minister’s demands for flexibility in Brussels, Mr Macron told reporters it was not for the EU to sort out the ‘inconsistencies’ in the Brexit deal Mr Johnson had demanded, negotiated and accepted.
And he said respect for UK sovereignty, including Northern Ireland’s position as an integral part of the country, cannot come at the cost of disrespecting the UK’s single market. the EU.
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Tom BatchelorJune 14, 2021 8:28 AM
G7 summit described as “colossal failure”
The G7 failed to make major new commitments on climate finance at its three-day summit in Cornwall, activists warned.
Despite the Prime Minister’s promises of a new green package corresponding to American funding for the reconstruction of post-war Europe, the gathering of the main world powers in Carbis Bay delivered “a partial plan, not a Marshall plan” said Christian Aid.
A statement issued by the G7 states – the UK, US, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan – pledged that each would “increase and improve” their contributions to a pledge made 11 years ago for rich countries to spend $ 100 billion (£ 71 billion) each year helping poorer countries adapt to global warming.
Tom BatchelorJune 14, 2021 8:15 AM
US President gives Johnson a ‘candid’ assessment of Brexit
Joe Biden held ‘candid’ meeting with Boris Johnson on issue of Northern Ireland peace process at G7 summit, White House revealed, as meeting of world leaders ended in acrimony .
The bitter dispute between London and Brussels over post-Brexit trade deals somewhat eclipsed on the last day of the rally, and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan confirmed on Sunday that the president had had a “frank discussion” with the Prime Minister. Minister on Northern Ireland.
Mr Sullivan said the president expressed his point of view with “deep sincerity” but declined to elaborate, suggesting that Mr Biden may have conveyed his message forcefully.
“All I’m going to say: they discussed this issue. They discussed it frankly in private, ”Sullivan said.
“The President naturally, and with deep sincerity, encouraged the Prime Minister to protect the Good Friday Agreement and the progress made under it.
“Details beyond that, I won’t go into detail.”
Mr Sullivan did not disclose whether the President linked the issue to a free trade agreement with the UK and did not specify when the conversation took place.
Tom BatchelorJune 14, 2021 8:05 AM
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Tom BatchelorJune 14, 2021 8:01 AM