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US president and world leaders visit UK for G7 summit

US President Joe Biden will embark on his first-ever international trip as president to the UK as part of the G7 summit.

The G7 summit – an annual event in which the largest economies (the US, Japan, Germany, the UK, France, Italy, and Canada [and the EU]) discuss societal and environmental challenges that are set to take place globally.

This year’s summit will take place in Cornwall and is the first time the leaders have come together since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The president is noted to be in the United Kingdom and will have talks with British prime minister Boris Johnson – speculated to be concerning the Northern Ireland protocol, transatlantic travel, and an “Atlantic Charter” which is aimed at maintaining and improving the “special relationship” between the US and the UK.

According to the BBC, President Biden has concerned about the need for the UK to “stand behind” the Northern Ireland protocol.

The Northern Ireland protocol was negotiated by the UK and the EU – coming into force on 1 January 2021 – to protect the Good Friday agreement over tensions with the UK and the EU due to Brexit.

 

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