G7 summit live: updates from Joe Biden and Boris Johnson
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Boris Johnson described dealing with Joe Biden as a ‘breath of fresh air’ after the couple met face to face for the first time in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit.
Trying to downplay the lingering tensions with the US and the EU over Brexit, the PM insisted that there was “absolutely common ground” in terms of peacekeeping in Northern Ireland in now the Good Friday / Belfast deal.
At a press conference after the talks, Mr Biden said he had had a “very productive meeting” with Mr Johnson and that the two men had “reaffirmed the special relationship”.
Previously, a senior US official said Mr Biden had not come to the UK to lecture Mr Johnson on the Brexit protocol in Northern Ireland and was not seeking to be confrontational or accusatory.
“He did not come here to lecture,” said the official, who was not named in quotes given to Reuters. “He has come here to communicate what he believes very, very deeply about the peace in Northern Ireland.”
Covid outbreak closes hotel near summit location
A hotel in Cornwall housing security staff for the G7 summit has been forced to close due to a coronavirus outbreak.
A number of hotel staff were shot at Pedn Olva in St Ives, a stone’s throw from Tregenna Castle, where world leaders are staying.
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Alastair JamiesonJune 11, 2021 12:46 AM
UK to donate 30 million vaccines to poorest countries by end of year, including five million by September
The UK will donate 30 million doses of the “surplus” vaccine to the poorest countries by the end of the year – including five million by September – after criticism that it was dragging its feet.
By opening the G7 summit in Cornwall, Boris Johnson will also pledge to release at least 70 million more jabs over the next year as he seeks to show global leadership on the issue.
Matt MathersJune 10, 2021 11:30 PM
Boris Johnson invites Biden, Macron and Merkel to barbie on Cornish beach
World leaders including Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel were invited to a beach barbecue with Boris Johnson during their stay in Cornwall for the G7 summit.
The chefs – more accustomed to fine dining and banquets on their trips abroad – will be served local specialties on the sands of Carbis Bay on Saturday by chef Simon Stallard of the Hidden Hut, whose regular concert is in a cabin at take away to the nearby beach Portscatho.
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Matt MathersJune 10, 2021 11:05 PM
“Together, we will rebuild better”
Boris Johnson sent his own message to the president, saying the UK and US will build better together.
An image shared from the Prime Minister’s official account shows the two leaders posing with their thumbs up in front of the G7 panel.
Matt MathersJune 10, 2021 10:50 PM
Biden thanks PM for hosting him
Joe Biden thanked Boris Johnson for hosting him today in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit.
Sharing an image of the two men looking out to sea at Carbis Bay, the President said in a tweet: “The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is stronger than ever. Thank you for welcoming me today, Prime Minister Johnson.
Matt MathersJune 10, 2021 10:38 PM
Climate activists target G7 leaders
There have already been a number of protests by climate activists this week in Cornwall.
Yesterday, Ocean Rebellion featured Boris Johnson “going to bed” with an oil mogul to highlight “G7 countries'” indirect subsidies to the fossil fuel industry “.
Greenpeace also targeted RAF Mildenhall as Joe Biden arrived in Air Force One.
The image below shows a number of weather warnings on makeshift headstones in the front garden of a house near Falmouth, where world media is based for the summit.
Matt MathersJune 10, 2021 10:14 PM
Washington learns about Cornish mizzle
No British event could be complete without a downpour.
And today was no different with Boris Johnson and Joe Biden’s reunion at picturesque St Michael’s Mount moved after the heavens opened.
But it was no ordinary rain. Rather, it was what the people of Cornwall call a “mizzle” – a mixture of mist and drizzle.
The phenomenon has now crossed the Atlantic to Washington.
“British media describe a persistent ‘rustle’ as the reason for the change of venue,” a Washington Post reporter wrote today, explaining the postponed meeting.
“To the uninitiated, the word describes a cross between ‘haze’ and ‘drizzle’ and refers to a type of humid, gray weather that is common during the Cornish summer.”
Matt MathersJune 10, 2021 9:50 PM
Jill Biden praises Carrie Johnson as Biden jokes about him and Boris got married ‘above our stations’
United States First Lady Jill Biden congratulated Carrie Johnson, wife of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after walking together on Cornish beach ahead of the start of the G7 summit.
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Matt MathersJune 10, 2021 9:35 PM
PM raised Harry Dunn case with Biden
Boris Johnson brought up the Harry Dunn affair with Joe Biden when they met in Cornwall.
Harry Dunn has died after being hit by a car driven by US intelligence officer Anne Sacoolas.
She crashed on her motorbike outside of US military base RAF Croughton in August 2019.
Ms Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity on her behalf by the US government and was able to return to her home country 19 days after the collision.
A No 10 spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister raised the tragic Harry Dunn affair with President Biden and reiterated the UK’s desire for justice for the family.”
Speaking after the meeting, the spokesperson for the Dunn family said: “Harry’s parents are very happy to see that the Prime Minister took the opportunity to raise the matter with President Biden at the premiere. occasion available.
“It rightly shows how important this issue is and we are very grateful to the Prime Minister and his team for doing so.
“As all parties know, there is no greater force on earth than the love between a mother and her child.
“The family will continue to seek justice until this is done.”
Matt MathersJune 10, 2021 9:20 PM
Emmanuel Macron’s attack on UK failure to implement Brexit deal shatters G7 ‘harmony’ claims
Emmanuel Macron launched an angry attack on the UK’s failure to implement the Brexit deal for Northern Ireland, foiling Boris Johnson’s attempts to pretend there is “harmony At the G7 summit.
Our Deputy Political Editor Rob merrick reports:
Matt MathersJune 10, 2021 9:02 PM