US President Joe Biden will issue a warning when he meets British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the first time, to do everything possible to prevent differences with the European Union from endangering the fragile peace in Northern Ireland.
Biden will visit Johnson for the first time since taking office in January. He will meet with Johnson in Cabis Bay in Cornwall on Thursday. The G7 meeting will be held from Friday to Sunday, the NATO summit on Monday, the US-Europe meeting on Tuesday and Tuesday. Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva the next day.
After the chaos left by Donald Trump, Biden will try to use this visit to restore the trust of US allies in Europe and Asia.
But Biden also sent an embarrassing message to Johnson, one of the leaders of Brexit in 2016: to prevent embarrassing negotiations with the European Union from jeopardizing the 1998 US-backed peace agreement, which ended Northern Ireland’s 30-year long Bloody conflict.
White House security adviser Jack Sullivan told reporters on Air Force One: “President Biden has made it clear that he believes the agreement is the basis for peaceful coexistence in Northern Ireland.”
“Any move that would jeopardize or undermine the agreement will not be welcomed in the United States,” Sullivan said, but did not want to say that Johnson’s move endangered peace.
Although the United Kingdom officially leaves the European Union in 2020, after London unilaterally postponed the application of relevant provisions with Northern Ireland, the two sides are still exchanging threats related to the Brexit agreement.
Prior to the Biden-Johnson meeting, the British government stated that it expected the two leaders to agree to begin the resumption of travel agreements between the two countries as soon as possible.
As Reuters reported on Tuesday, the Biden administration is establishing working groups with the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union to make recommendations to re-enact travel safely after 15 months of restrictions due to the pandemic.
U.S. and British officials do not expect Washington to lift restrictions before July 4.
In addition, Biden and Johnson should agree on an ambitious new “Atlantic Charter” based on the signing of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941.
The new charter will include close cooperation programs in eight areas, including “defending democracy, establishing a fair and sustainable trading system, responding to cyber attacks, responding to climate change, and stopping the coronavirus pandemic.”
The British government said in a statement that one of the goals is to establish safe travel. Before the pandemic, more than 5 million Britons visited the United States each year and more than 4.5 million Americans went to the United Kingdom.