United Kingdom won’t retreat from global community: Johnson


A Downing Street spokesman said Johnson and Trump "looked forward to speaking further" during their one-on-one talks on the sidelines of the summit on Sunday morning.

He urged Trump to remove the "considerable barriers" for United Kingdom companies seeking to export to the American market, saying they risked impeding a free-trade deal after Brexit. Efforts to salvage consensus among the G-7 rich democracies frayed Saturday in the face of U.S. President Donald Trump's unpredictable America-first approach even before the official start of the summit in southern France.

On the second day of the summit, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Johnson, Trump, and Donald Tusk, president of the European Council attended a session on global security and economy.

Tusk agreed Britain and Europe would remain close regardless of what happens at the October 31 deadline.

Trump chimed in, "We're working on a very big trade deal" as soon as "we work a couple things out".

However, Johnson said meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron last week had helped his case for a better exit deal.

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"There is a massive opportunity for Britain but we must understand that it is not all going to be plain sailing", he said during his flight to France, relaying details of the call to travelling reporters.

The prospect of a Brexit deal is "touch and go" but failure to reach an accord would be the fault of the European Union, Boris Johnson has said. G7 will centre around foreign policy, trade, inequality, climate change, the development of African partners and digital transformation as they meet in Biarritz.

Johnson listed what he said were restrictions or tariffs on shower base units, wallpaper, fabric, cars, railway carriages, pork pies, cauliflowers, micro-brewery beer, insurance, public procurement contracts, bell peppers, wine and rulers. -China trade war he was "very worried" about the growth of protectionism.

"Not a morsel of British beef has entered the USA market", Johnson said.

Sitting opposite Trump on Sunday, Johnson praised the performance of the USA economy before adding: "But just to register a faint, sheeplike note of our view on the trade war - we are in favour of trade peace on the whole".

On Friday, the government said it would not rush into a deal, cooling expectations of any formal timetable for trade talks being agreed in Biarritz.