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Joe Biden has not come to the UK to lecture Boris Johnson about Northern Ireland and is not looking to be confrontational or adversarial, a senior US official has said ahead of the G7 summit.
“He didn’t come here to give a lecture,” the official, who was unnamed in quotes given to Reuters, said. “He came here to communicate what he believes very, very deeply about peace in Northern Ireland.”
It comes after the Biden administration warned the British government not to imperil peace in Northern Ireland amid fraught Brexit negotiations with the EU which ended without a breakthrough on Wednesday.
On Thursday afternoon during his first trip abroad since taking office in January, Mr Biden met with Mr Johnson and their wives and strolled along the beachfront at Carbis Bay.
UK and US leaders kick off summit with seafront greeting
Tom Batchelor10 June 2021 15:41
Johnson meets Biden in Carbis Bay
Boris Johnson has greeted Joe Biden in Carbis Bay ahead of the summit.
“It’s gorgeous, I don’t want to go home,” Mr Biden said of the seaside view as he walked with First Lady Jill Biden, the PM and his wife, Carrie.
Tom Batchelor10 June 2021 15:34
Gordon Brown | Nobody remembers G7 summits – this one needs to be different
Biarritz, Quebec, Sicily, Shima, and Bavaria. Only the most obsessive followers of politics might recognise these locations as the five most recent places to host the annual G7 summit, writes Gordon Brown.
If they are remembered at all, G7 gatherings are usually notable only for the leaders’ photo calls – and not for any big decisions made.
But as the world’s richest countries prepare to gather again this Friday, one monumental decision can save Carbis Bay in Cornwall from being added to the list of long forgotten G7 meetings. Leaders this weekend have a historic opportunity to stop Covid dead in its tracks, but they will only do so if they turn Boris Johnson’s promise to mass vaccinate the world into a concrete plan.
Here is the former prime minister’s comment piece in full:
Tom Batchelor10 June 2021 15:11
Have your questions answered live about the event’s impact on Cornwall
The Independent’s Colin Drury has been reporting from Carbis Bay and St Ives in recent days and will be here to answer reader questions about how the town is responding to being at the centre of the summit.
He will be joined on the phone by Oliver Baines, a Cornwall organic farmer and Extinction Rebellion co-ordinator who will be stewarding protestors through St Ives as your questions come in.
Put your questions in the comments of the story below and he will answer as many as he can from 3pm on Friday June 11. All you have to do is register to submit your question by 1pm on Friday.
Tom Batchelor10 June 2021 14:57
Anger as trees cleared for summit venue to hold discussions on nature loss
The Carbis Bay Hotel has raised eyebrows by cutting down trees in order to build new meeting rooms in which the planet’s environmental wellbeing will be under discussion.
“If you look at the grass verges, they’ve all been replanted with flowers,” St Ives Extinction Rebellion coordinator Neil Scott observed. “As far as I can tell, that’s the legacy project.”
Here is a rundown of the G7’s environmental impact:
Tom Batchelor10 June 2021 14:37
Boris Johnson criticised for flying from London to Cornwall to discuss climate crisis
Boris Johnson has been widely lambasted on social media for arriving at the G7 summit in Cornwall by plane.
A picture posted on Mr Johnson’s official Twitter account showed him leaving a plane making the thumbs-up gesture as he departed the aircraft last night.
High on the agenda for discussions over the coming days will be the response to the global coronavirus pandemic and climate change.
Shadow environment secretary Luke Pollard tweeted: “This is plane stupid. There’s no trainline to Washington or Tokyo but there is one between Cornwall and London. Take the train, Prime Minister.”
Read more here:
Leonie Chao-Fong10 June 2021 14:09
Which leaders will be at summit?
Boris Johnson is welcoming leaders from around the world to the UK on Friday as he hosts the latest summit.
The gathering marks the first time the leaders have come together in almost two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s also US President Joe Biden’s first overseas visit since entering the Oval Office in January.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Leonie Chao-Fong10 June 2021 13:47
Biden ‘not looking to lecture Johnson on Northern Ireland’
Joe Biden has not come to Britain to lecture Boris Johnson about Northern Ireland, a senior US official has said.
The US president is not looking to be confrontational or adversarial, the official is quoted by Reuters as saying.
He said: “He didn’t come here to give a lecture.
“He came here to communicate what he believes very, very deeply about peace in Northern Ireland.”
Leonie Chao-Fong10 June 2021 13:29
Opinion | G7 nations talk a good game on fighting the illegal wildlife trade, but still aren’t getting serious
G7 governments, including the UK, are talking tough on wildlife crime these days, pledging to help halt the horrendous level of poaching and trafficking that threatens countless species with extinction across the globe, writes Steve Galster.
But as the director of a frontline conservation organisation that receives aid from some of these wealthy nations, I can tell you that the slaughter and smuggling continue, while politics and greed are still winning the day.
Here is his opinion piece:
Tom Batchelor10 June 2021 13:22
Multilateralism is back, says Merkel in message to G7
Angela Merkel, who is attending her last G7 summit after nearly 16 years as chancellor, has been a leading advocate of taking a multilateral approach to world affairs, reports the Associated Press.
Asked what message Ms Merkel wants to send at the summit, a senior German official replied: “The message of the summit overall – and that stands for what the chancellor has stood for over recent years – is that multilaterism, and the G7, is back.”
The official, who said that there has been much common ground in pre-summit negotiations, stressed that issues such as climate change, the pandemic and many others can only be solved together.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with department rules.
Tom Batchelor10 June 2021 13:10