The U.K. and U.S. have an “indestructible relationship” and a “deep and meaningful relationship,” U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC on Friday morning.
Speaking as the U.K. is hosting U.S. President Joe Biden for the G7 summit starting on Friday, Johnson highlighted the two countries’ shared beliefs and history. Johnson has expressed a wish to change the much-used “special relationship” moniker for the two countries’ bond.
“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,” he said when asked what phrase he’d like to be used.
“We affirmed the special relationship — that is not said lightly — the special relationship between our people and renewed our commitment to defending the enduring democratic values that both our nations share,” Biden said on Thursday following a first meeting between the two leaders ahead of the summit’s kickoff.
The discussions seemed harmonious despite the U.S. having previously shown disagreement with the U.K.’s approach to Brexit issues with the EU. On Wednesday, the U.S. and U.K. announced a new “Atlantic Charter,” echoing the postwar closeness of the original document, signed on the British side by Johnson’s hero Winston Churchill.