POLITICO London Playbook: Build back wetter — Biden high — The indestructible relationship – POLITICO

Good Friday morning from Falmouth in Cornwall.

BUILD BACK WETTER: Prime Minister Boris Johnson was noticed donning his trunks and heading all the way down to the seashore earlier than 7 a.m. yesterday for a bracing early morning swim on the Carbis Bay G7 resort. Downing Street Chief of Staff Dan Rosenfield was seen taking the plunge a bit afterward. No phrase but on whether or not the PM has inspired another world leaders to get within the sea.

G7 SPECIALS: Keep an eye fixed in your inbox over the subsequent three days for some special-edition G7 Playbooks. They’ll be going out at 4 p.m. in the present day, Saturday and Sunday, bringing you all the newest information, gossip and all the pieces it is advisable to know from POLITICO’s prime U.Okay., U.S. and EU reporters on the bottom in Cornwall.


BIDEN HIGH: Boris Johnson wakes up this morning in a happier place than 24 hours in the past, as yesterday’s love-in with U.S. President Joe Biden noticed the prime minister’s day finish so much higher than it started. Johnson hailed the Biden administration as a “big breath of fresh air” following their profitable bilat, nevertheless it was Downing Street that was respiratory an enormous sigh of reduction final night time as its U.S. counterparts selected to — to date — avoid a bust-up over Brexit and Northern Ireland. Today Johnson kicks off the G7 correct by searching for to place the U.Okay. on the middle of a worldwide plan to supply a billion coronavirus vaccines to poorer nations, earlier than the opposite leaders, and the royals, roll into city.

How it began vs. the way it’s going: Thursday’s outstanding Times splash — which revealed that prime U.S. diplomat Yael Lempert had issued London with a proper diplomatic reprimand referred to as a “démarche” over tensions in Northern Ireland — was the nightmare G7 curtain-raiser for Johnson. Playbook detected palpable reduction amongst British officers final night time that the White House very diplomatically dumped on the Times story (a senior U.S. administration official described the report as “wrong” however didn’t deny the démarche was issued). Playbook is advised this useful line from the U.S. official was mirrored by the American aspect within the Johnson-Biden assembly yesterday afternoon, main the PM to have the ability to declare afterward that he was in “complete harmony” with the president on Northern Ireland.

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Prez and PM punching: Pretty a lot all of the British papers splash on the Carrie Johnson/Jill Biden photo-op — and it sounds just like the president was a fan too. Joe Biden laid it on thick at yesterday’s transient look in entrance of the press, telling the PM: “I’m thrilled to meet your wife. I told the prime minister we have something in common: we both married above our station.” Newlywed Johnson responded: “I’m not going to disagree with the president on that or anything.” (H/t POLITICO’s White House correspondent Anita Kumar.)

Twitter diplomacy: Those acquainted with the Johnson-Biden talks say the 2 males appeared to genuinely hit it off, maybe higher than some on the British aspect had imagined. One purpose for that, the Spectator’s James Forsyth writes, is that Biden is extra intently aligned with Johnson than he’s with many EU leaders on Russia and China, two areas of high precedence for the president. No. 10 will definitely take Biden’s tweet final night time hailing the “special relationship” as “stronger than ever,” even when the PM does assume the phrase is “needy,” because the Atlantic’s Tom McTague reported this week.

Good luck with that: On which be aware, in the previous few moments the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg has dropped an interview with Johnson through which he tried to coin a brand new phrase to interchange the “special relationship,” describing the bond between the U.Okay.-U.S. because the “indestructible relationship.” Asked by Laura Okay what phrase he’d choose to make use of, Johnson replied: “It’s a relationship, you can call it the deep and meaningful relationship, 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.” If Johnson one way or the other will get Biden to say the phrases “indestructible relationship” this weekend then issues actually can have gone higher than anticipated.

What might go flawed: BoJoe is perhaps bessie mates by all accounts this morning, however there are nonetheless loads of potential spanners within the works. The most evident is Northern Ireland. Biden might need performed ball yesterday, however EU leaders might be much less prone to chorus from harsher language on the Northern Ireland protocol after they meet Johnson over the subsequent couple of days. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed yesterday that she and European Council President Charles Michel would increase the difficulty. Last night time, French President Emmanuel Macron launched a broadside at Johnson over the protocol, rebuking as “not serious” what he mentioned was an try by the British to renegotiate the Brexit deal signed just a few months in the past. “Nothing is renegotiable,” Macron insisted, POLITICO’s Rym Momtaz reviews.

Johnson hits back … to Laura Okay this morning that the best way the EU is imposing the Northern Ireland protocol is “excessively burdensome” — and he additionally appeared to concede that there was no method the difficulty was going to be resolved over the subsequent few days. Whether Biden’s diplomatic line holds additionally stays to be seen. Whatever we’ve heard over the previous 24 hours, it’s hardly a secret that the president does have sturdy views on the topic and it’s nonetheless completely potential the narrative might rapidly slide out of the PM’s grasp.

Rumor mill: Bucket of salt with this one, however some British officers have been involved Biden would possibly fancy making an surprising journey to Ireland and Northern Ireland throughout his European tour.

One to look at: Johnson confirmed to Laura Okay that he raised the case of Harry Dunn and Anne Sacoolas with Biden. “I have to say that you should really, when you get the chance, put your question to the president because he is actively engaged in the case,” the PM mentioned.

What Johnson desires to speak about: Vaccines. The PM this morning declares that the U.Okay. will donate 100 million coronavirus doses to poorer nations within the subsequent yr, as a part of a plan as a result of be unveiled by G7 leaders this weekend that may see 1 billion jabs supplied to the world. Biden has dedicated to donating 500 million.

Problem 1: This is all nicely and good, however the first define of the plan set out by Johnson in the present day goals to “vaccinate the world” by the *finish of subsequent yr*. That is a really very long time for unvaccinated folks in poorer nations to attend, and for brand new variants to type and unfold.

Problem 2: Of Britain’s doses, solely 5 million are being donated by the top of September. The different 95 million are due “within the next year,” with 25 million promised by the top of 2021. Given your complete U.Okay. grownup inhabitants ought to have been supplied two jabs by late September, once more that’s fairly a wait.

Problem 3: The World Health Organization says 11 billion doses are wanted to vaccinate 70 % of the entire world. Vaccine skilled Prof Peter Hotez spells out some extra stats: “1.1 billion people in SS Africa, 650 million in Latin America, 0.5 billion in smaller LMICs in SE Asia. That’s 2-3 billion people, 5-6 billion vaccine doses.” The BBC quotes Oxfam America saying the present commitments are a “drop in the ocean” in comparison with what’s wanted.

Blimp watch: 100 of Britain’s greatest charities are calling for extra, with an accelerated world vaccine rollout costing $66 billion. They’re sending a blimp of Johnson and Biden all the way down to the Cornish coast, in order that’s one thing to look out for within the fog. Save the Children’s Kirsty McNeill says: “The G7 need to agree to share three things: 1 billion doses by September; the patents and the know-how to make jabs. But above all they need to share the bill of $66 billion.”

Not on the agenda: Any severe motion on a U.Okay.-U.S. free commerce settlement, my POLITICO colleague Anna Isaac writes. These three issues have been meant to be largely mounted earlier than Christmas 2020: (1) The lifting of Airbus/Boeing reciprocal levies which have value the Whisky trade round half-a-billion kilos. (2) The elimination of levies on British Steel, which Washington has in place, based mostly on British metal posing a nationwide safety risk. (3) And final of all, that commerce deal. Here’s what the commerce division mentioned in December 2020: “The deal is quite well advanced and we’re in a good position to seal what would be the single biggest bilateral trade deal for either country.” We’re at 0/3 to date.

Perfect weekend listening: POLITICO’s Political Editor Jack Blanchard has his newest Westminster Insider podcast out this morning, on the well timed topic: “What’s the point in the G7 summit?” It’s your very best deep dive into the way it all works, taking you behind the scenes on the Western world’s annual diplo-jamboree to listen to what it’s really prefer to attend a summit, and take into account whether or not they ever obtain a lot past the picture ops and the recent air. Listen right here.

Cast record: The world chief — former PM Tony Blair on his most memorable summits, together with a Chuck Berry live performance organized by Bill Clinton in Colorado in ’97 … The diplomat — Former FCO chief Peter Ricketts on the months of prep that go into every G7, and why it’s what occurs within the margins that actually issues … The No.10 aide — former Deputy Chief of Staff Kate Fall on David Cameron going wild swimming in Canada, and on collaring Barack Obama on board Marine One … The spin physician — dormer No. 10 Press Secretary Paul Harrison on surviving huddles with the press pack, and summits with Donald Trump … The journo — POLITICO Europe’s personal David Herszenhorn on the best way to navigate a G7 summit — and why journos love each minute regardless of all of the stress.

Talking of which: Please take pleasure in David’s piece on yesterday in Falmouth, which launched him to the idea of “mizzle” — a “misty drizzle in which rain appears to defy gravity, rising from the ground up, into blinding fog.” Don’t know what the fuss is about — Playbook spent the day in shorts and sunnies.


Jetting into Newquay: 10 a.m. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and her accomplice Heiko … 10.30 a.m. Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi … 11 a.m. Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim … 11.30 a.m. President of France Emmanuel Macron and his spouse Brigitte. Guest leaders Moon Jae-In of Korea, Scott Morrison of Australia and Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa are flying in afterward.

For the cameras: 2 p.m. G7 leaders’ official welcome at Carbis Bay … 2.30 p.m. G7 leaders’ household picture.

On the agenda: This afternoon’s plenary session kicks off at 2.45 p.m. and is titled, sigh, “Building Back Better From COVID-19.” Playbook is advised the leaders will talk about the worldwide financial restoration, addressing social inequalities, managing inexperienced and digital transitions and advancing gender equality. They may also be given a presentation by Sarah Sands, the previous editor of the Evening Standard who’s the chair of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council.

Then tonight: Dinner on the Eden Project hosted by the queen, together with Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate. On the menu: spiced melon to begin, turbot for the primary, adopted by a cheese course and English strawberry pavlova.

Big time Charlie: Charles can have a separate assembly with G7 leaders and massive enterprise chief execs in the present day to name for coordinated motion to deal with local weather change, in one thing of a G7 first. The CEOs taking part signify the 300 engaged with the prince’s personal Sustainable Markets Initiative. In preparation, Charles hosted U.S. local weather envoy John Kerry, COP26 President Alok Sharma and a few of the businesspeople at St James’s Palace yesterday.

But however however: The G7 leaders could also be highly effective, however the way forward for local weather just isn’t of their fingers, POLITICO’s Karl Mathiesen and David Herszenhorn write.

Also on the agenda: Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has given an interview to the Telegraph’s Lucy Fisher through which he vows the U.Okay. and U.S. are able to “lead globally” to “take the fight to cyber criminals” engaged in ransomware assaults.

Stay tuned: Today additionally brings the primary correct in-person Lobby briefing in additional than a yr.

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PARLIAMENT: Not sitting.

ONE MORE MONTH: Away from the G7, the Times splashes on a significant story suggesting Boris Johnson is contemplating delaying the June 21 coronavirus “freedom day” by a month as a result of Delta variant that originated in India. Steve Swinford, Chris Smyth and Henry Zeffman report: “Plans are being discussed for either a two-week or a four-week delay to the final easing of restrictions.” Johnson is because of announce his determination on Monday.

Getting forward of any modifications … is Labour, which has known as for ministers to supply financial assist to any affected companies if there are modifications to the unlocking plan. Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband has pointed to a number of coming “pinch points” for companies over the summer time that hasten the necessity for additional assist — extra from LabourListing’s write-up.

YESTERDAY’S COVID STATS: 7,393 new instances, ⬇️ 147 on Wednesday. In the final week 44,008 folks have examined optimistic, ⬆️ 17,036 on the earlier week … 7 new reported deaths inside 28 days of a optimistic take a look at, ⬆️ 1 on Wednesday. In the final week 55 deaths have been reported, ⬆️ 1 on the earlier week. As of the newest obtainable information, 1,048 COVID sufferers are in hospital.

VAX STATS: A complete 40,886,878 folks have obtained the primary dose, ⬆️ 176,559. A complete 28,857,102 folks have obtained the primary dose, ⬆️ 316,258.

Borders downside 1: Johnson can be beneath stress on his borders coverage, after Theresa May savaged what she known as “incomprehensible” restrictions leaving Britain “shut for business.” The Telegraph’s Gordon Rayner splashes the story.

Borders downside 2: Cracker of a story from the Times’ Matt Dathan, who hears Johnson privately lashed out at Home Secretary Priti Patel over the numbers of small boats crossing the channel. According to his report, the PM advised a minister: “What the f*** is the Home Office doing? When is she [Patel] going to sort this out?”A authorities supply tells the paper Johnson is “more and more annoyed on the pictures of boats arriving day after day.” When’s the reshuffle?

Culture wars newest: An, er, daring line from authorities minister Gillian Keegan on BBC Question Time final night time, who steered England footballers taking the knee earlier than matches have been “creating new divisions.” By distinction, in the present day’s Sun splash says: “This is not the time for boos, only cheers.”

Now learn this: Here are seven methods Euro 2020 might flip political, courtesy of my POLITICO colleagues.

YESTERDAY IN WESTMINSTER: As Westminster jetted — or skilled — all the way down to Cornwall, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was going through 4 hours of intense committee questioning targeted on the allegations thrown his method by Dominic Cummings two weeks in the past. He denied Cummings’ most memorable cost, specifically that he lied to the PM concerning the discharge of sufferers into care properties with out testing. POLITICO’s Helen Collis has a write-up of the listening to, however within the meantime right here’s a fast run-through of the highest strains from Playbook’s Andrew McDonald. Alternatively, check out the Daily Star’s entrance web page take.

PPE shortages? I don’t know her: Hancock claimed there was “never a national shortage” of non-public protecting gear final spring, a declare that raised the eyebrows of anybody who remembers final spring. He cited a passage from a National Audit Office report back to back up his declare — however an eagle-eyed BBC reality checker factors out that Hancock missed a subsequent paragraph which tells a moderately totally different story. The Mirror and Metro each splash on the backlash.

Lockdown timing: Though he made no apologies, the well being secretary did admit he “bitterly regretted” not difficult the scientific recommendation over the timing of the primary lockdown and what he mentioned was an assumption coronavirus couldn’t be transmitted asymptomatically — although SAGE minutes from January and February 2020 dispute this. On lockdown one, he mentioned “the clear advice at the time was there was only a limited period that people would put up with lockdown” and that this proved to be flawed with hindsight.

Cummings cat-fight: Hancock largely prevented mentioning the ex-aide, however his most clippable reply got here when science committee Chairman Greg Clark requested him whether or not he knew Cummings advised the PM to fireside him. A barely deadpan Hancock mentioned “yes, because he briefed the newspapers at the time,” earlier than happening to argue that the federal government has been higher run since Cummings’ ousting.

OnlySpads: The former aide will little doubt be plotting revenge by way of his new Substack.

Welsh jibe: Asked about Wales’ faster vaccine rollout, Hancock mentioned England’s rollout is slower as U.Okay. ministers want to make sure there’s at all times sufficient provide for second doses whereas Wales prioritizes a leaner rollout the place it may possibly draw on England’s provide if wanted. He mentioned this demonstrates the worth of a U.Okay.-wide vaccine method and that “the union saves lives.” Responding on Newsnight, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford mentioned Hancock’s feedback on his authorities’s rollout have been “factually untrue.”

State of the union: Drakeford additionally had some punchy phrases of his personal on the union — telling Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark it isn’t working and that “the idea that the United Kingdom is bound to go on regardless, is simply walking in to the dangers that are there. ” He accused the PM of not attending to the union “with the seriousness that is required.”

Catch up newest: “Boris Johnson may have to spend up to £40 billion to try to repair NHS waiting times and end the long delays being faced by patients,” based on No. 10 paperwork leaked to the Guardian’s Denis Campbell and Pamela Duncan.

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Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi broadcast spherical: talkRADIO (7.05 a.m.) … Today Radio Breakfast (7.20 a.m.) … BBC Breakfast (7.30 a.m.) … LBC (7.50 a.m.) … Today program (8.10 a.m.).

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy broadcast spherical: BBC Breakfast (7.10 a.m.) … Sky News (7.40 a.m.) … Times Radio Breakfast (8.15 a.m.) … talkRADIO (8.33 a.m.).

Also on the Today program: Thomas Cueni, director basic of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (6.45 a.m.) … Vice President of the Association of Directors of Public Health UK Jim McManus (7.15 a.m.) … Seth Berkeley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (7.30 a.m.) … Harry Dunn’s mom Charlotte (7.40 a.m.) … Author David Baddiel (7.50 a.m.) … Equality and Human Rights Commission Chair Kishwer Falkner (8.30 a.m.) … Former Australian PM Julia Gillard (8.40 a.m.).

Also on BBC Breakfast: Pre-recorded interview with PM Boris Johnson (6.30 a.m.) … Harry Dunn’s mom Charlotte (8.30 a.m.).

Also on Kay Burley at Breakfast (Sky News): Former U.Okay. Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Westmacott (7.05 a.m.) … Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (8.05 a.m.) … Former Australian PM Julia Gillard (8.20 a.m.).

Also on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast: Former Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell (7.10 a.m.).

Also on Times Radio Breakfast: Jane Halton, co-chair of the COVAX initiative (8.05 a.m.) … David Manning, former U.Okay. ambassador to the U.S. (8.40 a.m.) … Chief Executive of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Peter Wanless (9.40 a.m.).

Julia Hartley-Brewer breakfast present (talkRADIO): Labour MP Graham Stringer (8.05 a.m.) … Former Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell (9.06 a.m.).

Reviewing the papers tonight: BBC News (10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): Fleet Street Fox Susie Boniface and the Telegraph’s Madeline Grant … Sky News (10.30 p.m. and 11.30 p.m.): The Sunday Times’ Christina Lamb and ConHome’s Mark Wallace.


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Daily Express: PM — Biden is a breath of recent air!

Daily Mail: Oh child, what a love-in!

Daily Mirror: How’s he bought the nerve to say that? PPE shortages denial.

Daily Star: Pinococo — Joker well being secretary retains a straight face as he denies being economical with the actualité.

Financial Times: Challenge for Fed as U.S. client costs rise at quickest charge since 2008.

i: Pfizer jab scarcity warning hits hopes for 21 June.

Metro: I didn’t lie, PPE by no means in disaster — Hancock’s denials spark backlash.

POLITICO UK: G7 wrestles with its local weather limitations.

The Daily Telegraph: May — Global Britain is closed for enterprise.

The Guardian: Bitter standoff over Brexit sours begin of G7 summit.

The Independent: ‘No negotiation’ on commerce disaster, Macron tells PM.

The Sun: Dear lads — As Euro2020 kicks off, the Sun says.

The Times: PM ponders four-week delay earlier than finish of curbs.


The Economist: Bunged up — How the inexperienced growth might get caught.


Commons People: The HuffPost crew discuss to Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy.

Encompass: Paul Adamson talks EU international coverage with Stefan Sannino, secretary-general of the European External Action Services.

EU Confidential: The POLITICO crew discusses the G7 with POLITICO’s Cornwall contingent.

How Did We Get Here: Andy Bell previews the G7 with former Gordon Brown adviser Stewart Wood.

Iain Dale All Talk: Dale talks to former Tory MP Jerry Hayes.

Inside Briefing: The IfG crew previews the G7 with Times Radio’s Tom Newton Dunn.

Newscast: The BBC crew talks to former U.Okay. Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch.

Rachel Johnson‘s Difficult Women: Johnson talks to the Daily Telegraph’s Associate Editor Camilla Tominey.

The Bunker: Alex Andreou, Arthur Snell and Marie Le Conte are joined by Shadow Treasury Minister Bridget Phillipson.

The Edition: The Spectator crew talks to scientist Simon Clarke and Republicans Overseas U.Okay. spokesperson Sarah Elliot.

Westminster Insider: Jack Blanchard talks to former Prime Minister Tony Blair and a number of former senior authorities officers concerning the G7.


LAUNCHING SUNDAY: GB News arrives on British screens Sunday with a particular Welcome to GB News program (8 p.m.). Chairman Andrew Neil has an enormous interview within the Evening Standard’s Insider column with Susannah Butter.

SUNDAY SHOWS: No visitors but for Andrew Marr (BBC One, Sunday 9 a.m.). Trevor Phillips (overlaying for Sophy Ridge whereas she’s on maternity go away) might be talking to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and former International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell (Sky News, Sunday 8.30 a.m.).

Tom Newton Dunn and his T&G co-host Daisy McAndrew might be speaking to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Independent SAGE member Anthony Costello (Times Radio, Sunday 10 a.m.).

Westminster Hour: Carolyn Quinn will discuss to former First Secretary of State Damian Green … Labour MP Diana Johnson … Former U.Okay. Ambassador to France Peter Ricketts (BBC Radio 4, Sunday 10 p.m.).


WESTMINSTER WEATHER: ☁️☁️⛅️  Similar to yesterday with a little bit of solar potential within the afternoon. Highs of 25C.

G7 WEATHER: ☁️☁️☁️ Thick persistent cloud and a good seaside breeze. Might rain within the morning, too. Highs of 17C.

JAB WATCH: Cicero’s Iain Anderson and former Labour MP Caroline Flint bought second doses yesterday. Let us know when you’ve bought or are getting yours.

BIRTHDAYS: Shadow Social Care Minister Liz Kendall … Labour peer Steve Bassam … Former London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton … Former Trade Minister Tim Sainsbury … Labour peer Alan Howarth … talkRADIO producer Rebeca Newnes.

Celebrating over the weekend: Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant … Former Housing Minister Mark Prisk … Labour peer Spencer Livermore … Former Environment Minister David Burrowes … Lib Dem peer Sharon Bowles … Lib Dem peer Tim Razzall … Political commentator Isabel Oakeshott … Former opposition Chief Whip Nick Brown … Newbury MP Laura Farris … Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon … Tory peer and former Defense Secretary Tom King … Founder of the Independent Andreas Whittam Smith.

PLAYBOOK COULDN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT: My editor Zoya Sheftalovich, reporter Andrew McDonald and producer Miriam Webber.

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