Johnson says working with Biden is ‘breath of recent air’ after first face-to-face talks

Boris Johnson has described working with US President Joe Biden as “an enormous breath of recent air” following the pair’s first face-to-face assembly – during which the two leaders appeared to skirt around a confrontation over Northern Ireland.

The prime minister met Donald Trump’s successor in Carbis Bay on Thursday, forward of this week’s G7 summit on the Cornwall resort.

Mr Johnson stated the brand new US administration had “so much they need to do collectively”, including on NATO and local weather change – subjects on which Mr Biden has dramatically totally different viewpoints to Mr Trump.

And the prime minister additionally recommended a probably strained dialog with the US president over submit-Brexit arrangements in Northern Ireland had been prevented, as he hailed the “widespread floor” between the UK, US and EU on preserving the Good Friday Settlement.

First Lady Jill Biden, US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Johnson walk outside Carbis Bay Hotel, Cornwall
Image: Jill Biden, Joe Biden, Boris Johnson and Carrie Johnson took a walk outdoors Carbis Bay Lodge

It follows studies Mr Biden’s administration had accused Mr Johnson’s government of “inflaming” tensions during an ongoing row between the UK and EU over the implementation of the Northern Eire Protocol.

Downing Road did not deny the UK had acquired a “demarche” – a proper diplomatic protest – from the US over the dispute, however stated Mr Johnson and Mr Biden have been in “full concord” on the difficulty.

After his discussions with the US president, which lasted around an hour and 20 minutes, Mr Johnson stated: “The talks have been nice, they went on for a long time, we coated a huge range of topics.

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“It’s fantastic to take heed to the Biden administration and to Joe Biden, as a result of there’s a lot they need to do together with us, from safety, NATO, to climate change.

“And it is implausible, it is a breath of recent air.”

Requested whether or not the US president – who has typically spoken about his Irish roots – had made his alarm concerning the state of affairs in Northern Eire clear, Mr Johnson replied: “No he did not.

“But what I can say is America, the US, Washington, the UK – plus the EU – have one thing we completely all need to do; that is to uphold the Belfast Good Friday Settlement and make sure we hold the stability of the peace process going.

“That is completely widespread floor and I’m optimistic we will do this.”

Mr Johnson and Mr Biden had been because of meet at Saint Michael’s Mount, an historic citadel on a tidal island off the coast of Cornwall.

Carrie and Wilfred Johnson pictured on beach with Jill Biden in Cornwall. Pic: Flickr/Simon Dawson /No 10 Downing Street
Picture: Dr Biden enjoyed time on the seashore with Mrs Johnson and her son, Wilfred Pic: Flickr/Simon Dawson /No 10 Downing Road

Stories instructed their wives, Carrie Johnson and Jill Biden, have been scheduled to have a tour of the island whereas the leaders held talks.

But a Quantity 10 supply earlier confirmed the go to to Saint Michael’s Mount was “sadly off because of the weather” and the talks have been rearranged to Carbis Bay, the place the G7 summit will probably be held between Friday and Sunday.

Prior to their assembly, Mr Johnson, Mr Biden and their wives stood together to benefit from the view throughout the bay.

“It’s beautiful, I do not need to go residence,” Mr Biden stated.

And, after Dr Biden and Mrs Johnson left the 2 leaders, the US president revealed how he advised the prime minister “we’ve got something in widespread, we both married approach above our station”.

Newlywed Mr Johnson replied that he was “not going to dissent from that point, I’m not going to disagree with the president there”.

“Or indeed on anything, I feel it extremely doubtless,” he added.

Jill Biden wearing a jacket with the word "Love" stands next to U.S. President Joe Biden, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson
Image: Dr Biden wore a jacket embroidered with the phrase ‘LOVE’

Dr Biden – who loved time on the seashore on Thursday with Mrs Johnson and her child Wilfred – wore a jacket embroidered with the phrase “LOVE” on the back, an merchandise the primary woman previously wore at the kickoff rally of her husband’s presidential campaign in 2019.

Asked about her outfit, Dr Biden stated: “I feel that we’re bringing love from America.

“This can be a international convention and we’re making an attempt to deliver unity across the globe and I feel that is necessary proper now – that folks feel a way of unity… feel a sense of hope after this yr of the pandemic.”

Some immediately drew comparisons between Dr Biden’s jacket and her predecessor as first woman, Melania Trump, who wore a green jacket that stated, “I Actually Don’t Care, Do U?” on a 2018 trip to a Texas border city to visit migrant youngsters housed in shelters.

Earlier than attending to the substance of their talks, Mr Biden and Mr Johnson had inspected paperwork associated to the Atlantic Charter, a declaration signed by Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt in August 1941 that set out widespread objectives for the world after the Second World Struggle.

And, following their discussions, it was announced the US and UK had agreed a “New Atlantic Constitution” to build upon these commitments and aspirations set out 80 years in the past.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as they look at historical documents and artefacts relating to the Atlantic Charter during their meeting, at Carbis Bay Hotel, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
Image: The PM and US president held their first face-to-face talks on the eve of the G7 summit

In his own comments after the talks with Mr Johnson, Mr Biden confirmed America’s commitment to purchasing 500 million doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine to donate to poorer nations.

He stated the assembly with Mr Johnson had been “very productive” and stated the revitalised Atlantic Constitution would handle the “key challenges of this century – cyber security, emerging technologies, international well being and climate change”.

“We affirmed the particular relationship – that isn’t stated frivolously – the special relationship between our individuals and renewed our commitment to defending the enduring democratic values that both our nations share,” the US president stated.

Mr Johnson was just lately reported to dislike the phrase “special relationship” and to consider it makes the UK appear “needy and weak”.

To mark their first meeting, Mr Johnson introduced Mr Biden with a framed photograph of a mural of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who turned a number one figure in the nineteenth century abolitionist motion in the USA.

In return, the prime minister – a keen bike owner – was given a US-made bike and helmet.

Dr Biden was given a first edition of Daphne du Maurier’s The Apple Tree, which Downing Road stated was to mirror the writer’s Cornish links.

And Mrs Johnson acquired a leather tote bag made by army wives and a presidential silk scarf.

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