By Deirdre Tynan • 10 June 2021 • 13:22
Britain will never go it alone, says PM.
Britain will never go it alone, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised ahead of a key summit of international leaders scheduled to take place in Cornwall on Friday. Johnson’s letter comes as crucial talks with the EU are said to be close to collapse and the US has warned it “would not welcome” any stance on the part of London that undermines the Good Friday Agreement.
In a letter penned on June 9, Boris said the summit at Carbis Bay “will be an extraordinary moment for that lovely Cornish resort — and a crucial moment for the world.”
“Wherever you look — the G7, NATO, the global struggle against Covid — Britain is the “buckle that fastens, the hyphen that joins” everything together, to adopt Walter Bagehot’s phrase. We can do this because of the breadth of our capabilities and friendships,” the PM wrote.
“The UK can at once devise a vaccine against Covid, conduct nearly half of the world’s genomic sequencing of new variants, bring the world’s most powerful leaders to Cornwall, and send an aircraft carrier to the Indo-Pacific.
“But we would never wish to go it alone; on the contrary, we are blessed with alliances that help to keep us safe and advance our values. Now we are putting all of this to work for the benefit of the British people and to ensure this country is a force for good,” he added.
Johnson’s letter comes as crucial talks with the EU are said to be close to collapse and the US has warned it “would not welcome” any stance on the part of London that undermines the Good Friday Agreement.
Earlier, the hotel for the summit was panned as unsuitable venue by an influential hotel guide. The 600 pound-per-night hotel has amazing sea views and a yacht, but according to Adam Raphael of The Good Hotel Guide, the venue is less than ideal and constitutes a “cruel and unusual punishment” to inflict on world leaders.
The G7 is an informal grouping including the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom that meets annually to discuss issues such as global economic governance, international security, and energy policy. Russia’s membership was suspended in 2014 over the annexation of Crimea.
The summit also marks the first visit by President Joe Biden to the Europe continent after five months in office.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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