Boris Johnson: UK will not retreat from global community

Sun Online Desk

24th August, 2019 11:20:17 printer

Boris Johnson: UK will not retreat from global community

The UK will not "retreat" from the international community as it leaves the EU, Boris Johnson has said.

The prime minister was speaking ahead of this weekend's G7 in France, his first international summit as leader.

There Mr Johnson will discuss his plans for Brexit with European Council President Donald Tusk and hold trade talks with US President Donald Trump.

On Friday, he and Mr Trump spoke by phone and discussed "foreign policy issues and global trade".

'Energetic partner'

The G7 meeting in Biarritz - a get together of most of the leaders of the world's largest economies - comes with just over two months until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on 31 October.

Mr Johnson will meet Mr Tusk on Sunday in their first face-to-face meeting and spell out his absolute commitment to getting the UK out of the EU by that date.

Ahead of the summit he insisted the UK would be an "energetic partner" on the world stage after Brexit.

Mr Trump, who has consistently praised Mr Johnson, has predicted a speedy US-UK trade deal after Brexit.