Enbetween the UK and the US, the relationship is “deep and meaningful”. It is in these terms that Boris Johnson defined his relationship with the Americans, during a meeting with Joe Biden. The British Prime Minister and the American President exchanged this Thursday, June 10, on the eve of the G7 leaders’ summit. “This is a relationship, which you can call a deep and meaningful relationship, as you wish, an indestructible relationship,” reacted the Prime Minister during an interview this Friday morning on the BBC.
According to Boris Johnson, this relationship has lasted “for a very long time” and has played an “important” role in peace and prosperity, in Europe and in the world. During their tête-à-tête, the head of the British government and the American president discussed 25 subjects in detail, including the disruption induced by Brexit in Northern Ireland. Boris Johnson played down the displeasure of Joe Biden, proud of his Irish origins, over London’s attempts to renege on the “Northern Irish protocol”. This device avoids the return of a border with Ireland, but disrupts supplies between Great Britain and the Northern Irish province.
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Whether it is him, the European Union, Washington, “everyone has a huge interest in ensuring that we keep the essential symmetry of the Good Friday Agreement”, which in 1998 ended three decades of conflict. bloody blood between loyalists, attached to the British crown, and republicans, favorable to the reunification of the island. “I think we can do it,” said Boris Johnson.
The Conservative Prime Minister also raised with Joe Biden the case, very followed in the United Kingdom, of the death of Harry Dunn, killed in a road accident caused by the wife of an American diplomat. The latter quickly returned to the United States, invoking diplomatic immunity. Joe Biden is “actively involved in this matter,” said Boris Johnson. The head of state has “his own personal reasons for feeling deeply concerned by this issue”, for having lost his first wife and his one-year-old daughter in a car accident in 1972. According to Boris Johnson, the “difficulty” lies in the “limits to what the executive can do with […] the justice system, but the two sides are working together ”.