Biden to warn UK PM Johnson over Northern Ireland at G7
The EU and the United Kingdom remain at loggerheads over the United Kingdom government's threat to delay checks on chilled meats being imported from the mainland to Northern Ireland.
Brexit minister David Frost will co-chair Wednesday's London meeting, which will cover issues including fishing, trade facilitation and law enforcement. That made it possible for trade to flow freely between Ireland and Northern Ireland, stimulating economic growth and creating jobs on both sides of the border.
Britain earlier this year unilaterally delayed some of those inspections, saying it needed more time to put systems in place to carry out the required checks.
French President Emmanuel Macron rebuked what he said were attempts by the U.K.to renegotiate the Northern Ireland Protocol, a key part of the Brexit deal that established a trade border between Northern Ireland and Britain to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. He added: 'No one knows it better than Lord Frost himself, then the UK's chief Brexit negotiator'.
World leaders will flock to the United Kingdom this week for the G7 Summit, which is taking place in Cornwall, south-east England to discuss some of the world's most pressing matters- particularly the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which continues to wreak havoc across the globe.
"What we really need the European Union to do is to respect that part of the protocol and put in place sensible measures", he told Sky News.
The UK has taken forward our work to operate the Protocol since the beginning of the year, alongside huge efforts from the Northern Ireland Executive, unprecedented cooperation across a range of departments and agencies, and intensive work with businesses.
"He underlined the need for quick progress".
Yet speaking as he arrived in London at St Pancras station, Mr Sefcovic said: "I'm coming in a constructive spirit".
'I suspect it links to some kind of perception that they can't really trust any country other than an European Union country to make sausages, ' he said.
"I think that this is an incredible opportunity for the world".
"But unfortunately we have got used to living in an atmosphere where there are threats".
US President Joe Biden will warn British Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to renege on the Northern Ireland Brexit deal when they meet for the first time at the G7 summit this week, The Times reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources.
"Well, I'm not anxious about that", he told reporters in Cornwall. "There's no case whatsoever for preventing chilled meats from being sold in Northern Ireland", said Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman, Max Blain. First among these challenges is the damaging impact the Protocol is having on the ground in Northern Ireland.
The Telegraph said the threat raised the spectre of a "sausage trade war" if Northern Irish shops were banned from selling British meat produce.
'It is not exactly coming at a good time to suddenly - at the start of July - happen and people can't get supplies of chilled meat from Britain'.
"And that is the message that President Biden will send when he is in Cornwall".