Earlier, as he spoke in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit to be hosted by the UK, Boris Johnson expressed optimism over talks with the European Union on ironing out the Northern Ireland protocol issue, insisted that a compromise was “doable”, and that he was “not worried” about the issue overshadowing the G7.
Boris Johnson is reportedly to face pressure from US President Joe Biden on Thursday to resolve the contentious Northern Ireland Protocol issue that has marred ongoing post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and the European Union.
Biden is set to meet with Johnson in Cornwall ahead of the G7 summit scheduled for 11–13 June and hosted by the UK, which holds the G7 presidency for 2021. The US President flew to the UK on Air Force One, landing at the US airbase at RAF Mildenhall before heading on to Cornwall for Thursday’s talks with Johnson in Carbis Bay.
The 46th POTUS firmly believes in the Good Friday Agreement as the foundation for peaceful coexistence in Northern Ireland, Jake Sullivan, Biden’s adviser, was quoted by media as saying on Air Force One.
The 1998 Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement, put an end to the “Troubles” – three decades of bloodshed between those who wanted Northern Ireland to remain within the United Kingdom, and those who wanted Northern Ireland to leave the United Kingdom and join a united Ireland.
Biden believes the post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol is “critical” to ensuring that the Good Friday…