N. Ireland casts shadow over first Johnson-Biden meeting

Nationalist youths clashing with police on the Springfield Road in west Belfast, in Northern Ireland. US President Joe Biden is believed to have rebuked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his Brexit policies to the region. – EPA pic, June 11, 2021.

BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson played down reported tensions with US President Joe Biden over the impact of Brexit on the fragile peace in Northern Ireland yesterday, after the pair met for their first face-to-face talks on the eve of the G7 summit.

The two leaders were all smiles as they posed for the media before 90 minutes of closed-door discussions, overshadowed by allegations Biden had ordered a rebuke to London amid its row with the European Union over new trading arrangements in Northern Ireland.

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