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On Britannia - Thursday 10th June

On Britannia
Thursday 10th June, by Richard Payne
The G7 Summit this weekend is dominating the news cycle, and with President Joe Biden promising to combat increasing Chinese authoritarianism and Prime Minister Boris Johnson looking to promote Global Britain, it will be a busy event for all involved! The People’s Republic of China and Russia have both been flexing their muscles on the geopolitical stage in response to this, with tensions across the Taiwan Strait ratcheting up and opposition parties being barred from elections in Moscow.

Leading the Agenda
G7 nations to sign a new “Transatlantic Charter”
Prime Minister Johnson and President Biden are reported to have committed to a new partnership to boost trade and research development across the Atlantic, whilst promising a strong response to limit Chinese influence outside of its borders.
Prime Minister Johnson: G7 a chance to show the world our values
When he takes the chair at the G7 Summit, Boris Johnson will hope to demonstrate British values of openness, freedom and democracy. He sees the Summit as an opportunity to strengthen political and economic ties between Britain and the other G7 member states as our relationship with the EU continues to develop.
EU’s patience wearing thin over Northern Ireland
A top EU official, Maros Sefcovic, has said that the UK must start checking goods entering Northern Ireland as the government states it is ready to ignore the rules to prevent further disruption. US President Biden has weighed in on the matter, asking Boris Johnson to consider the Good Friday Agreement before risking peace in NI over trade problems.
Foreign Aid debate put to bed, but not yet asleep
The discussions over the UK’s foreign aid commitments narrowly avoided developing into a back-bench rebellion on Tuesday when the Speaker of the House declared a proposed amendment out of scope, but the matter is far from dead. The Speaker apportioned time for an emergency debate on the matter that took place on Wednesday, but the Government has said it has no plans to allow a vote on the matter.
Below the Radar
Tory MPs push for action on India’s treatment of UK companies: A group of MPs are urging Boris Johnson to stand up for Vodafone, Cairn Energy and others at the G7 Summit that are involved in a dispute over their operations in India.
News from Parliament: The Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee released a report in March on the use of Uyghur forced labour in Xinjiang and its involvement in UK value chains. The Government will release a response at midnight tonight.
News from the Council on Geostrategy: We have released a paper from Professors Nigel Biggar and Doug Stokes today titled “How ‘progressive’ anti-imperialism threatens the United Kingdom”. It looks at how the SNP has capitalised on prevalent anti-empire sentiments to promote the cause of Scottish independence.
Over and Out
That’s all for today, but keep a weather eye on your inboxes next Monday when we release the next issue of On Britannia. Until then!
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