A leading news source in France has accused the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson of poisoning the G7 summit by allowing the ongoing Brexit row over Northern Ireland to play a dominant role during the meeting.
The summit witnessed France and Britain engage in a war of mouth over the sausage trade disagreements after the feud became a major subject during the meeting of the world most powerful leaders in Cornwall over the weekend.
The final day of the G7 summit saw high tension as Mr Johnson and EU leaders could not control themselves and ended up exchanging fiery words on the final day of the meeting which held in Britain.
As the mouth war escalated, the EU’s threat to impose a ban on the export of chilled meats from Great Britain to Northern Ireland under a hardline interpretation of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement was strengthened.
Emmanuel Macron of France accused the UK government of incoherences in the UK’s exit treaty. French media, Le Monde, however, weighed into the matter … blaming the UK Prime Minister for allowing the row to disrupt the final day’s activity.
The G7 summit was meant to focus on the global supply of Covid-19 vaccines, climate change and finding a control measure for challenging rogue regimes, like China.
In an article that was published on the French newspaper’s website, its London correspondent Cecile Ducourtieux wrote, “Six months after Brexit, UK-EU dispute over Northern Ireland poisoned the G7.
“The summit, hosted by Boris Johnson, was plagued by the lingering feud between Europeans and Britons over the status of Northern Ireland, with London refusing to conduct planned divorce checks on property in transit through the province.
“How to sabotage a G7 summit presented as historic, supposed to take crucial decisions to stop the COVID-19 pandemic and fight against climate change? Continuing, as Boris Johnson and European leaders have done, a grievous and never-ending standoff over Northern Ireland.
“The ‘sausage war’ as the British press described it partly obscured, Sunday, June 13, the last day of the summit chaired by the British Prime Minister in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, the announcements on the donations of vaccines and the release of funds to protect the oceans.”