Have your say: Do the UK and US still have a 'special relationship'?

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US President Joe Biden (left) talks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during their meeting , ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. Picture date: Thursday June 10, 2021.
US president Joe Biden and prime minister Boris Johnson ahead of the G7 summit. (PA)

The relationship between the US and the UK is "indestructible", Boris Johnson has said following a meeting with Joe Biden at the G7 summit

In an interview with the BBC, the prime minister was asked how he would define the relationship between the two nations, given that he has reportedly doesn't like the phrase "special relationship".

He said: "I don't mind the phrase special relationship because it is special. It encompasses a reality which is that the UK and he US have a real congruence of views on some stuff that really matters to the world."

After outlining areas in which the US and the UK share similar views, he added: "You can call it the deep and meaningful relationship or whatever you want - the indestructible relationship.

"It's a relationship that has endured for a very long time and has been an important part of peace and prosperity both in Europe and around the world."

The PM's comments came after he and the US president were pictured with their wives admiring the view over Cornwall's Carbis Bay before their meeting.

Following the talks, Johnson said the new US President was a "breath of fresh air" and insisted there was "absolutely common ground" over Northern Ireland.

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He said: "It’s wonderful to listen to the Biden administration and Joe Biden because there’s so much that they want to do together with us – on security, on Nato, to climate change.

"It’s fantastic, it’s a breath of fresh air."

Biden said the meeting, which lasted around an hour and twenty minutes, had been "very productive".

He said: "We affirmed the special relationship – that is not said lightly – the special relationship between our people and renewed our commitment to defending the enduring democratic values that both our nations share."

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