Latest Updates: Prime Minister Defends UK Offer of Excess Covid Vaccination to Poor Nations; Reconstruction after Covid on the agenda at G7 leaders meeting in Cornwall
Fri, June 11, 2021 12:33 PM BST
First published on Fri 11.06.2021 09.26 BST
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Yesterday Boris Johnson and Joe Biden published their new « Atlantic Charter » (pdf) with an accompanying joint declaration between Great Britain and the USA (pdf). Faisal Islam, the BBC’s business editor, has looked at the details and says there is no reference to a comprehensive trade deal.
Interesting, far-reaching five-page joint statement between Prime Minister and President Biden – but especially no reference to a » comprehensive trade agreement ”as in the previous one with President Trumphttps: //t.co/rk9Zvoz8fk pic.twitter.com/ KgQw1hLjV6
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Five people, including two police officers, were injured in a clash between a police Volvo and a VW Golf near the site of the G7 summit in Cornwall.
The armed forces of Devon and Cornwall have joined forces the Independent Bureau of Police Conduct and its Department of Professional Standards, as is customary with a police vehicle.
The driver of the VW Golf, a man in his twenties, was admitted to the Treliske Hospital in Truro with severe leg injuries. Two passengers were treated with minor injuries.
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The town of Stives and the village of Carbis Bay are preparing for three days of protests and demonstrations.
They began artistically with a depiction of a mass stranding of mermaids entangled in discarded fishing nets by Ocean Rebellion.
Rob Higgs and Sophie Miller, co-founders of Ocean Rebellion, sounded a foghorn at dawn in the direction of the leaders’ excavations in Carbis Bay. They rang five times, which meant danger. “What it really means,” said Rob, “is shit, we’re going to crash. That is the message that we want to get behind us. ”
The mood of the demonstrators has so far been determined – but gentle. But a huge police presence is on standby.
Toni Carver, editor of the St Ives Times and Echo, pointed out that G7 was barely mentioned at the city council meeting on Thursday. He said:
Most of it was taken up through interviews with four potential new councilors, all of whom expressed deep concerns about the lack of affordable housing for the local population and the lack of housing for the working population. Basically, G7 is the last thing St. Ives needs when you leave Covid – unless you are a direct beneficiary. Feasting in Tregenna, dining in Penbeagle!
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There is a mix of excitement, fear and anger among locals and vacationers in Carbis Bay and St. Ives.
The town’s mayor, Kirsty Arthur, said Carbis Bay residents were fed up with the five-minute walk Trips would be turned into two-hour marathons because of the roadblocks and security measures.
But others, including their two children, loved the time off school and the sight of naval ships off the coast, helicopters in the air and the President’s cavalcade. « It’s quite a show, » she said.
In St. Ives itself there is not as much going on as on a normal warm June day. Megan Steeds, who runs a boat rental company at the port, said her trade had declined 60% and many visitors were put off by the signs on the A30 asking people to avoid the area. “That cost us a lot,” she says. « I’m glad when you’re gone. »
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Lord Darroch, who resigned as British Ambassador to the United States in 2019, in part because Boris Johnson refused to endorse him after a leak of Darroch’s cables to London upset Donald Trump, has told the BBC newscast that Summit will be a test of Johnson’s diplomacy skills. Johnson has the charm and personality to wear it, said Darroch. However, he said the G7 leaders would also look into whether Johnson was in command of the details.
Does Boris Johnson have the right diplomatic skills for the G7? Lord Kim Darroch, former UK Ambassador to the US, tells @AdamFleming that he is being tested in Cornwall. Listen to Newscast, the Podcast, on BBC Sounds 🎧 https: // t. co / 8EFeGb0pK4 pic.twitter.com/kvlbwUW6CW
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The climate crisis activists Extinction Rebellion hold protests outside the G7 summit. This account tweeted pictures of some of their campaign stunts. You can find more information about their campaigns on their website.
World market leaders enjoy our uncooperative crusty, climate pasties. See if you can spot one today 🥟. #ActNow # G7ActNow #DrowningInPromises #StopFundingFossils @XRSouthWest @XRebellionUK pic.twitter.com/E3f1zF3RPR
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G7 Heads of State and Government are being told today that the Covid crisis will set gender equality backwards globally unless governments take urgent action to stop it.
This is one the main conclusions of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC). Its 23-page report (pdf) states:
Our starting point this year is growing evidence that Covid-19 risks regression for gender equality worldwide unless governments take urgent action . Despite the central role women play in the response, the Covid-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on women and girls everywhere by exacerbating existing inequalities. In particular, GEAC’s analysis has focused on three interrelated core themes: girls’ education and the participation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); the empowerment of women; and the elimination of violence against women and girls.
Among its 14 recommendations, the GEAC calls for “recognition of the disproportionate effects of Covid-19 on women and girls worldwide, as well as increased funding and targeted measures for gender-transformative development programs, sexual and reproductive Health services and combating the “shadow pandemic” of violence against women and girls (VAWG). ”GEAC is chaired by Sarah Sands, a former editor of the Evening Standard and Today programs and a colleague of Boris Johnson when she both worked for the Daily Telegraph. She will present the results of the panel this afternoon in a virtual presentation to the heads of state and government of the G7. There’s a G7 press release about what she’s going to say here.
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