Boris Johnson has begun his very first summit as Prime Minister by clashing with European Council president Donald Tusk more than who would be to blame for a failure to attain a Brexit deal.
Mr Tusk mentioned he hoped the Prime Minister would not go down in history as “Mr no deal” ahead of their face-to-face talks at the G7 summit in Biarritz on Sunday.
But speaking on the plane to Biarritz, the Prime Minister shot back by suggesting that failure to attain a Brexit agreement would also reflect badly on Mr Tusk.
The gathering in the French resort marks Mr Johnson’s debut on the planet stage, and he will also have a very-anticipated very first meeting with US President Donald Trump, exactly where they are anticipated to go over a prospective post-Brexit trade deal.
Mr Johnson mentioned the gathering of leaders from the UK, US, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan was not a “wonderful boondoggle at some posh hotel”, but a likelihood to strengthen the lives of people today about the planet.
In comments as Mr Johnson ready to board his plane to France, Mr Tusk warned he would no co-operate with a no-deal Brexit, an apparent sign the European Union would not be prepared to generate a series of side offers to handle the influence.
Tomorrow I meet PM @BorisJohnson. I hope that he will not like to go down in history as “Mr. No Deal”. The EU is prepared to listen to operational, realistic tips acceptable to all Member States which includes Ireland, if and when the UK government is prepared to place them on the table.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) August 24, 2019
Mr Tusk mentioned: “One factor I will not cooperate on is no deal. I nonetheless hope that Prime Minister Johnson will not like to go down in history as `Mr no deal’.
“We are prepared to listen to tips that are operational, realistic and acceptable to all member states which includes Ireland, if and when the UK Government is prepared to place them on the table.”
On the way to Biarritz, Mr Johnson gave his response, telling reporters: “I have created it totally clear I do not want a no-deal Brexit.
“But I say to our mates in the EU if they do not want a no-deal Brexit then we have got to get rid of the backstop from the treaty.
“If Donald Tusk does not want to go down as ‘Mr no-deal Brexit’ then I hope that point will be borne in thoughts by him as well.”
Mr Johnson mentioned he anticipated talks on his option to the backstop “in the coming weeks”, with discussions “in good detail” ahead of the October 31 exit day.
The European Council president has previously claimed there is a “special location in hell” for people today who backed Brexit devoid of a clear program to implement it.
Asked if he believed that was aimed at him, the Prime Minister mentioned: “I have good relations with our mates and partners in the EU and intend to continue to strengthen them the complete time, devoid of obtaining into any post-Brexit eschatology with the president of the council.”
The G7 summit comes amid a mounting trade war among the US and China, with Mr Trump saying on the eve of the summit he had “hereby ordered” American firms to leave China.
For quite a few years China (and quite a few other nations) has been taking benefit of the United States on Trade, Intellectual House Theft, and a lot extra. Our Nation has been losing HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year to China, with no finish in sight….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2019
Mr Johnson appealed for calm – warning the dispute among Beijing and Washington would have a knock-on impact on the worldwide economy.
He mentioned: “Don’t overlook the UK is at threat of getting implicated in this.
“The worth of our goods impacted is £2.25 billion, £1.1 billion on whisky alone that we could face if this goes on.
“This is not the way to proceed.
“Apart from something else, these who assistance the tariffs are at threat of incurring the blame for the downturn in the worldwide economy irrespective of no matter whether or not that is accurate.
“So I want to see an opening up of worldwide trade, I want to see a dialling down of tensions and I want to see tariffs come off.”
As the summit’s host, French President Emmanuel Macron has place the destruction of the Amazon rainforest on the summit agenda.
Our residence is burning. Actually. The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let’s go over this emergency very first order in two days! #ActForTheAmazon pic.twitter.com/dogOJj9big
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 22, 2019
Mr Johnson mentioned: “We want to escalate right here at the G7 the tragedy of what humanity is inflicting on the organic planet.”
But he played down the prospect of the destruction obtaining an influence on the possibility of a trade deal with Brazil.
“There are all sorts of people today who will take any excuse at all to interfere with trade and to frustrate trade offers and I do not want to see that,” he mentioned.
– Press Association