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Johnson makes global debut at G7 as Brexit battle looms

AFP, London

Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes his debut on the global stage at the G7 summit this weekend, where all eyes will be on his chummy relations with US President Donald Trump.

The summit in France opened yesterdayt, the one-month anniversary of the Brexit cheerleader and former foreign secretary becoming premier.

“What we’ll make of this is whether Boris Johnson manages to be a different person on the world stage than he managed as foreign secretary—because he was a disappointment,” Bronwen Maddox, director of the Institute for Government think-tank, told AFP.

Johnson said the message he will be bringing to fellow leaders was that “the Britain I lead will be an international, outward-looking, self-confident nation”.

He dipped his toes into international diplomacy as leader earlier in the week, meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron to discuss his Brexit plans.

The meetings were regarded as a qualified success, but his appearances on the international stage as foreign secretary were judged less favourably.

Maddox said his 2016-18 spell as foreign minister was marked by jokes, blunders and little in the way of achievements. His meeting with Trump will be one of the highlights to watch for at the August 24-26 summit in the glitzy resort of Biarritz on France’s southwest coast.

“It is going to be very significant the type of message he sends,” said Anna Nadibaidze, a research and communications associate at the Open Europe think-tank.

Johnson will insist that Brexit does not represent a British retreat from the international stage.

Trump says he is eager to meet Johnson, a fellow maverick who enjoys his approval.

 

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