British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden agreed today, Thursday, to the “Atlantic Charter” with a new version based on the 1941 Charter, in Biden’s first foreign trip as president, and ahead of the Group of Seven summit, which begins on Friday.
Johnson received President Biden today, Thursday, at the English resort of Carbs Bay overlooking the sea, and the meeting – in which Biden begins his first foreign tour – is an opportunity for the two historically allies to contribute to reshaping the post-Covid-19 global scene, with regard to several areas, most notably Climate Change, Technology and Trade.
They also agreed to establish a new working group to consider the resumption of travel between their two countries after the success of vaccinations against Corona.
Johnson’s office said they had pledged to work “to expand trade and advance towards a future free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the United States.”
While Biden sought earlier to confirm the strength of the “special relationship” that unites the two countries, media reports mentioned that he had ordered US diplomats to reprimand Johnson over his handling of the Brexit file, and its repercussions for peace in Northern Ireland.
The British newspaper “The Times” reported that the most senior US diplomat in Britain, Yael Limbert, told Brexit Secretary David Frost that the British government was “fueling tension in Ireland and Europe by opposing inspection measures at ports in the province.”
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan (who is of Irish descent and still has relatives in Ireland) stressed that Biden has a “firm” belief that the 1998 “Good Friday” agreement, which turned the page on 3 decades of violence linked to British rule in Ireland, must be protected. North.