Boris Johnson and Joe Biden will set out their shared vision of a ‘sustainable global recovery’ from the coronavirus pandemic when they meet ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall.
Holding their first face-to-face talks on Thursday, the leaders are expected to agree on what has been billed as a new Atlantic Charter – a reference to the post-war declaration of cooperation between Winston Churchill and President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1941.
According to Downing Street, the meeting will focus on climate change, security, the global trading system and the defense of democracy, as well as efforts to coordinate how transatlantic travel can safely resume.
Persistent problems in North Ireland, linked to disagreements between the EU and the UK on the implementation of the Brexit protocol, will also be discussed.
In a statement ahead of the talks, the prime minister said: “As Churchill and Roosevelt have faced the question of how to help the world recover from a devastating war, today we face a very challenge. different but no less intimidating – how to rebuild better after the coronavirus pandemic.
” The agreements President Biden and I will ensure that today, rooted as they are in our shared values and perspectives, will form the foundation for a sustainable global recovery.
“Eighty years ago the US President and the British Prime Minister stood together promising a better future. Today we are doing the same.”
Earlier this week, The Atlantic reported Boris Johnsondislikes the phrase “special relationship”, with the magazine suggesting it thought it made the UK “needy and weak”.
In the statement before his meeting with President Biden, Mr Johnson omitted any reference to the term, instead describing the UK and US as “the closest partners and greatest allies”.
In addition to the commitments of the new Atlantic Charter, leaders will also identify common political priorities, including:
• A UK-US task force bringing together transport departments from both countries to work towards the safe resumption of international travel
• Reduce the barriers UK tech companies face when working with their US counterparts
• Improve economic relations between the UK and the US by finding a solution to the trade dispute over subsidies, which has seen tariffs imposed in relation to Airbus and Boeing
The area where the risk of disagreement is greatest would be the situation in Northern Ireland, where a dispute with the EU over the UK government’s implementation of the protocol governing customs controls has resulted in growing tensions and the risk of a trade war.
Mr Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Wednesday: “President Biden believes and has said that the Northern Ireland Protocol, as part of the agreement between the UK and the ‘European Union, is essential to ensure that the spirit, promise and future of the Good Friday Agreement is protected. “