Boris Johnson: Biden administration a 'breath of fresh air'
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Boris Johnson spoke to BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg following a meeting with US President Joe Biden. The Prime Minister reiterated the importance of the UK-US relationship post-Brexit and insisted the talks were long and successful. He claimed that dealing with President Biden and his administration was a breath of fresh air.
Sky News’ Beth Rigby later remarked this may have been a veiled dig at Donald Trump’s administration despite the pair’s apparent close friendship.
Mr Johnson said: “I don’t think it is any exaggeration to say that the relationship between the US and UK, the relationship between North America and Europe, which is incarnated in that Atlantic charter of 1941 which we have renewed today, is of massive strategic importance.
“It is important for the prosperity and security of the world, all of the things we believe in together.
“Things like democracy, human rights, the rule of law and that the US and UK stick up for those things together.
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“It is incredibly important that we affirm that.
“The talks were great and they went on for a long time, we covered a huge range of subjects and it is wonderful to listen to the Biden Administration and Joe Biden.
“Because there is so much that they want to do together with us, from security, NATO to climate change.
“It is fantastic and breath of fresh air, there is a lot of things they want us to do together.”
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Ms Kuenssberg then attempted to find out in how much depth did he and President Biden discuss the ongoing Brexit problems with Northern Ireland.
She said: “One of the things the US clearly wants you to do is sort out the problem with the Northern Ireland protocol with the rest of the EU.
“Did President Biden urge you to crack on with that?
“Did he make his alarm of this situation very clear?”
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Mr Johnson replied: “No he didn’t but what I can say is that America, the UK and the European Union all want to do is uphold the Good Friday Agreement.”
“We want to make sure that we keep the balance of the peace process.
“I am optimistic that we can do that.”
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