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Boris Johnson arrives mob-handed to meet Australian PM Scott Morrison and thrash out post-Brexit trade deal


BORIS Johnson arrived mob-handed to meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison this morning as the pair thrash out a post-Brexit trade deal.

The PM, flanked by eight members of his team, was all smiles and saluted to photographers as he strode through Biarritz on the last day of the G7 summit.

 Boris Johnson is flanked by eight members of staff as he meets Australian PM Scott Morrison in Biarritz

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Boris Johnson is flanked by eight members of staff as he meets Australian PM Scott Morrison in BiarritzCredit: Reuters
 Boris and Morrison will discuss post-Brexit trade and the ongoing crisis in Iran

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Boris and Morrison will discuss post-Brexit trade and the ongoing crisis in IranCredit: EPA

Boris will meet Morrison before holding summits with three more world leaders later today.

As well as Brexit options  the two premiers will discuss the ongoing crisis in Iran.

However, Morrison told reporters he expected Bo-Jo to give him a ribbing over England’s sensational Ashes victory over Australia yesterday.

He said: “I’m sure he’ll give me a hard time about the fact they clipped us in the latest Ashes.”

BUSY BORIS

Later today Boris will meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Japanese PM Shinzō Abe and Italian PM Giuseppe Conte – who recently resigned.

The mass fires in the Amazon rainforest are expected to be high on the agenda – with the PM pledging £10million to help protect them.

Since the start of the year there been 40,000 blazes in the Amazon alone and the current fires are so devastating that NASA photographed them from space.

Boris has now urged other leaders to help protect the habitat from future destruction.

AMAZON TRAGEDY

He said: “In a week where we have all watched, horrified, as the Amazon rainforest burns before our eyes, we cannot escape the reality of the damage we are inflicting on the natural world.

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“The planet faces two immense threats: Climate change and biodiversity loss. These are two sides of the same coin – it is impossible to solve one challenge without fixing the other.

“We cannot stop climate change without protecting the natural environment and we can’t restore global nature without tackling climate change.”

Later today Boris will join other world leaders in attending a working session on the environment before the G7 comes to a close.

Johnson has been busy over the past week – holding crucial Brexit talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany before meeting Donald Trump at the G7.

Yesterday the US President described their meeting as “fantastic” and he promised a “huge deal” would happen after we left the EU.

Trump said Brussels was an “anchor” around Britain and he wanted to broker a trade agreement “quickly” – describing Boris was the “right man” to deliver Brexit.

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 Boris was all smiles as he strode through Biarritz with his team this morning

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Boris was all smiles as he strode through Biarritz with his team this morningCredit: AP:Associated Press
 Boris and Donald Trump had a productive meeting at the G7 conference

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Boris and Donald Trump had a productive meeting at the G7 conferenceCredit: Reuters
 Angela Merkel has told Boris Johnson he has 30 days to come up with an alternative solution to replace the Irish backstop

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Angela Merkel has told Boris Johnson he has 30 days to come up with an alternative solution to replace the Irish backstopCredit: AFP or licensors


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