Can Joe Biden civilise Boris Johnson this weekend? - Ayesha Hazarika
These big geo-political gatherings are always a total sausage fest, but this year that feels particularly apt given the ding-dong around the great chilled meat row. It’s less West Wing, more Father Ted. Of course, all eyes will be on US President Joe Biden and how he is seen to get on with Boris Johnson.
Things haven’t exactly got off to a flying start, with reports of Biden ordering US officials to issue Johnson with a rebuke for imperiling the Northern Ireland peace process over Brexit. Although this is contested by the Americans, there’s no doubt there are tensions over the Good Friday Agreement.
Does this mean the special relationship has already soured? Probably not. I think Biden is too skilled and experienced an operator to end up having a stooshie with the British Prime Minister on his first visit to the UK. Biden will play a canny game.
He is expected to make clear his serious displeasure at the Northern Irish situation, but he will no doubt be courteous and collegiate with Johnson when they meet. He is more …
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