Skip to content

Besieged at Home, Johnson Misses Out on G-7 Moment With Biden

  • UK premier has no scheduled chat with US counterpart at summit
  • Johnson is battling party tensions as he races onto NATO
Video player cover image
Who Could Be the UK’s Next PM?

On a sun-baked stage in the lush green grounds of a grand hotel in the Bavarian Alps, there was a conspicuous absence on Sunday evening. Boris Johnson had, just hours before, been confirmed to appear at a Group of Seven event on global infrastructure and investment, where he’d speak alongside US President Joe Biden. But he didn’t show -- his team saying it didn’t work with his schedule.

The decision not to appear was clearly a last-minute one. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, standing alongside Biden and four other world leaders, referred to “Boris” in her speech as if he were there.