G7 Summit: Boris Johnson takes on Brexit at breakfast with EU leaders in Cornwall

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G7 Summit: Boris Johnson takes on Brexit at breakfast with EU leaders in Cornwall


Boris Johnson could face a Brexit dispute over breakfast as he meets with EU leaders ahead of day two of the G7 summit in Cornwall.

The Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings from 8 a.m. on Saturday morning with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

And these talks will precede a meeting between Mr Johnson and two EU presidents – Ursula von der Leyen from the European Commission and Charles Michel from the European Council.

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Elbow bangs everywhere as PM greets G7 leaders

The morning’s exchanges – held on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay – are expected to be dominated by the lingering feud over the implementation of post-Brexit deals for Northern Ireland, which has raised the prospect of a sausage trade war between UK and EU.

Ahead of arriving in Cornwall, Mr Macron warned that ‘nothing is negotiable’ on the Northern Ireland Protocol – the part of the Brexit deal that prevents a hard border on the island of Ireland.

The French President also attempted to publicly show EU unity in Carbis Bay, as he tweeted a photo of himself speaking with Ms Merkel, Ms von der Leyen, Mr Michel and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi at the G7 summit.

Ahead of the Prime Minister’s meetings on Saturday, Downing Street again refused to rule out the UK taking unilateral action to protect the export of chilled meat – including sausages and chicken nuggets -om Britain to Northern Ireland.

It was recently suggested that Mr Johnson may delay imposing post-Brexit controls on chilled meats until a current ‘grace period’ expires at the end of this month, a prospect that has led to the EU to warn of a possible trade war.

Number 10 said he would “keep all options on the table”, but that the immediate goal was “to find radical and urgent solutions within the framework of the protocol”.

Mr Johnson’s Brexit Minister Lord Frost – who angered EU capitals with his recent criticism of what he called the bloc’s ‘legal purism’ over the Northern Ireland Protocol – will attend some of the Prime Minister’s meetings on Saturday, Downing Street said.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson admitted that the Brexit row “may well arise” in Saturday’s meetings, but downplayed the chances of a breakthrough.

He said Mr Johnson viewed the G7 summit as “not the forum in which he necessarily seeks an immediate solution”.

“Clearly he will want to discuss it with those who raise it with him… they will want to talk about the challenges this poses to the people of Northern Ireland and the risks it poses to the Good Friday Agreement in the form current protocol and the need to find urgent solutions, ”added the spokesperson.

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The G7 should “rebuild itself in a more feminine way”

The Prime Minister could choose to prepare for the talks on Saturday by taking an early morning bath at Carbis Bay again – as he has done every day so far during his stay in Cornwall.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also spotted exercising early on Carbis Bay beach, ahead of G7 talks on the global response to the COVID pandemic.

The main summit talks on Saturday will focus on future pandemic preparedness and foreign policy.

The G7 leaders and the leaders of the invited countries – Australia, South Korea and South Africa, as well as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres – will be addressed by the UK government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance and Melinda Gates.

The duo will give a presentation on the Pandemic Preparedness Partnership – a group of international experts who will advise the G7 on how to prevent, detect and respond to future pandemics.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also join Saturday’s session on global health via video link.

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What is the G7?

Cornwall summit will see G7 leaders adhere to a ‘Carbis Bay Declaration’ on health, which will incorporate recommendations from a new Pandemic Preparedness Partnership report and also define actions other than leading democracies world will take to prevent a future pandemic.

This includes reducing the time required to develop and authorize vaccines, treatments and diagnostics for any future disease to less than 100 days; a commitment to strengthen global surveillance networks and genomic sequencing capacity; and support for reform and strengthening of the World Health Organization.

Mr Johnson will seek G7 support for a ‘global pandemic radar’, which will protect national immunization programs against new vaccine-resistant variants by identifying them early and before they can spread.

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The Prime Minister said: “Over the past year, the world has developed several effective coronavirus vaccines, licensed and manufactured at a steady pace, and are now putting them in the arms of the people who need them.

“But to truly beat the coronavirus and recover, we need to prevent a pandemic like this from happening again.

“It means learning from the last 18 months and doing it differently next time.

“I am proud that, for the first time today, the world’s leading democracies have come together to ensure that we are never caught off guard again. “

Dr Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization, welcomed the statement by the G7 leaders and said: “Together we must build on the important scientific and collaborative response to the COVID-19 pandemic and find common solutions to fill many gaps. identified. ”

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