Boris Johnson arrives at first G7 summit as PM before meeting with Donald Trump


Boris Johnson offered some words of wisdom to Donald Trump as he landed in Biarritz for the G7 summit having taken his first flight on the Prime Ministerial plane today since entering No10.

The Conservative leader boarded the RAF Voyager at Heathrow for the 95-minute flight to Biarritz in south-west France.

When asked whether he would tell the American President to step back from a trade war with China, Mr Johnson said “you bet”.

The Conserative leader claimed his priorities for the summit “are clearly the state of global trade. I am very worried about the way it’s going, the growth of protectionism, of tariffs that we’re seeing.”

Mr Johnson has previously flown on the twin-engined plane before as Foreign Secretary but criticised the Airbus A330’s livery, demanding to know “Why is it grey?”.

He apparently did not realise it had to be that colour because of its other roles as an RAF refuelling tanker and a troop carrier to ferry soldiers to war zones.

Mr Johnson, Downing Street officials and travelling journalists tucked into afternoon tea as the 534mph aircraft cruised at 39,000ft.

RAF cabin crew served a menu including five different crustless sandwiches: egg and cress; cream cheese and cucumber; chicken salad; ham and sliced cheese; and smoked salmon and cream cheese.

Boris Johnson makes his way off the Prime Minister’s plane


 

Freshly-baked scones were served with Rodda’s clotted cream from Cornwall and strawberry jam from Tiptree, Essex.

Drinks options for the short sortie included Brewdog Punk IPA; 2014 Bacchus English white wine from the Chapel Down vineyard; and 2010 Chateau Des Landes.

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But Mr Johnson was sipping a white coffee as he spoke to reporters, raising his voice to be heard over the turbulence.

He welcomed political correspondents onto the “wonderful Voyager plane” before fielding questions.

Following on from European Council President Donald Tusk’s suggestion that he risked going down in history as ‘Mr no deal’, Mr Johnson said: “I have made it absolutely clear I don’t want a no-deal Brexit .

The PM addressed reporters on and off the plane

Mr Trump sat down with French President Emmanuel Macron

A wind ruffled Mr Johnson addressed the crowds

 

“But I say to our friends in the EU if they don’t want a no-deal Brexit then we have got to get rid of the backstop from the treaty.

“If Donald Tusk doesn’t want to go down as ‘Mr no-deal Brexit’ then I hope that point will be borne in mind by him too.”

The prime minister also reiterated his demands that the Irish backstop be removed from the tabled deal.

“I would say to our friends in the EU if they don’t want a no deal Brexit then we’ve got to get rid of the backstop from the treaty,” he said.

Mr Johnson reiterated his demands of the Irish backstop to be removed from the deal

The PM warned Donald Tusk of also going down in history as Mr No Deal Brexit

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“If Donald Tusk doesn’t want to go down as Mr No Deal then I hope that point will be borne in mind by him too.”

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David Cameron ordered a £10million refit for the jet so it could carry the British PM soon after he won the 2015 general election.

But he only got to fly in it once, to a NATO summit in Warsaw, before quitting No10 in the aftermath of 2016 Brexit referendum.





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