G7: Leaders gather on beach for family photo
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The elite group will enjoy an evening of relaxation on the beach at the close of the second day of meetings at Carbis Bay. After EU leaders lined up to berate the Prime Minister on Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol this morning, Mr Johnson is tonight giving his guests a grilling of a different kind.
Local chef Simon Stallard from the Hidden Hut in Portscatho has been trusted to leave leaders from around the world satisfied with a fry up.
Sparkling scallops, Curgurrell Crab Claws and Portscatho Mackerel will be served up for starters.
Seared and smokey Moorland sirloin and Newlyn lobster will be then served up for the main course on the sands in front of the hotel where the G7 having been holding their discussions.
Leaders will then feast on Beach Hut Sundaes to complete the meal.
The dinner completely avoids British BBQ favourites, including sausages, after the meat was the centre of a fresh Brexit row between the UK and the EU earlier this week.
Under the Northern Ireland Protocol, chilled meats such as sausages face restrictions on being transported from Britain across the Irish Sea at the end of the month.
From the start of July, bureaucratic customs forms will be required for the transport of the goods from Britain to Northern Ireland.
Mr Johnson has blasted the requirements as “draconian” and is demanding changes to the way the Protocol is operated.
No10 has refused to rule out delaying the introduction of the customs checks if a solution is not found by the end of the month.
The EU has stood firm in demanding the mechanism be implemented in full, warning the UK not to renegade on the terms of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
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The row has been dubbed the “sausage war”.
The Protocol was discussed in meetings with France’s Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Angela Merkel, and the EU’s Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel in back-to-back bilateral talks this morning.
Mr Johnson has called for a “pragmatic” solution to the row.
He said after the talks: “I think that the Protocol can work if it is sensibly applied but at the moment there is – it’s not just a question of chilled meats or sausages, there are all kinds of impediments being constructed, and we need to sort it out.”
Looking to ease tensions tonight away from negotiations, Mr Johnson has organised a Cornish sea shanty group to perform for G7 leaders after dinner.
The group and their partners will be treated to songs from the group Du Hag Owr over baked brie.
Leaders will be able to bond around fire pits as they toast marshmallows and enjoy buttered rum.
The G7 summit will draw to a close tomorrow with the group releasing a joint communique outlining the outcomes of their discussions.
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