Boris Johnson hailed the UK’s “indestructible relationship” with the US as the G7 summit officially kicked off on Friday.
The British prime minister is known not to be a fan of the phrase “special relationship” – which he believes makes the UK look weak – but in an interview after meeting Joe Biden in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, on Thursday he tried to underline the nations’ closeness, despite the president’s concerns over Northern Ireland.
“Look, I don’t mind the phrase ‘special relationship’ because it is special,” Johnson told the BBC. “But you know, it encompasses a reality which is that the UK and the US have a real congruence of views on some stuff that really matters to the world.”
Asked how he would describe the two countries’ connection, the prime minister said: “You can call it the ‘deep and meaningful relationship’, whatever you want, the ‘indestructible relationship’. It’s a relationship that has endured for a very long time, and has been an important part of peace and prosperity both in Europe and around the world.”
The rest of the G7 leaders were due to arrive on Friday. In the first formal session they are expected to discuss the pandemic recovery and later meet the Queen at the Eden Project.
On Thursday night, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, told Johnson…