Biden tells Boris 'we're not going anywhere without you pal'

Is the special relationship BACK? Biden tells Boris ‘we’re not going anywhere without you pal’ in call as pair seem to repair frosty links amid Ukraine crisis

  • Boris Johnson and Joe Biden had a 40 min phone call on Ukraine crisis last night
  • Mr Biden is said to have told the PM ‘we’re not going anywhere without you pal’
  • Comment will bolster hopes of strengthening the US-UK special relationship  

Boris Johnson and Joe Biden have sparked renewed optimism of a strengthened special relationship between the UK and the US after they stepped up their efforts to solve the Ukraine crisis. 

The Prime Minister and US President held a 40 minute phone call last night to discuss the situation. 

Mr Biden is said to have told Mr Johnson at the end of the conversation that ‘we’re not going anywhere without you pal’. 

The comment will boost hopes of a further improvement in relations between London and Washington DC after tensions over the withdrawal from Afghanistan and Brexit. 

Boris Johnson and Joe Biden have sparked renewed optimism of a strengthened special relationship between the UK and the US after they stepped up their efforts to solve the Ukraine crisis

Mr Biden is said to have told Mr Johnson at the end of their phone call last night that ‘we’re not going anywhere without you pal’

Mr Johnson reportedly told Mr Biden during last night’s call that the UK wanted to do everything it could to resolve the Ukraine crisis. 

Sources told ITV News that the US President responded by saying ‘we’re not going anywhere without you pal’.  

Downing Street said the two men had ‘agreed to remain in close contact’ as the situation in Ukraine continues to evolve.  

A Number 10 spokeswoman said: ‘They agreed there remained a crucial window for diplomacy and for Russia to step back from its threats towards Ukraine.’

The leaders also ‘agreed that western allies must remain united in the face of Russian threats’.  

The US-UK special relationship has been put under strain in recent years, most notably over the withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

Mr Johnson had asked Mr Biden to delay the US exit last August in order to provide more time for humanitarian airlifts. 

But Mr Biden stuck to his hard deadline of August 31 as all remaining US forces left the country and the UK followed suit. 

The fact that the UK’s request was dismissed prompted some MPs to question whether British foreign policy was at a ‘crossroads’ after decades of being interwoven with that of the US.     

There have also been tensions related to Brexit, with Mr Biden having been opposed to the UK leaving the EU.  

A trade deal with the US had been held up by Brexiteers as one of the main prizes of Brexit but hopes of a pact being struck in the near future have faded.

Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, said in October last year that a trade deal with the US was not the ‘be all and end all’ as she refused to commit to an agreement being completed by 2030. 

 Mr Johnson met Mr Biden in person for the first time at the G7 summit in Cornwall in June last year

The White House has made clear a trade agreement with Britain is not an immediate priority for Mr Biden.    

Mr Johnson met Mr Biden in person for the first time at the G7 summit in Cornwall in June last year.

The PM suggested at the time that the special relationship should be rebranded as the ‘indestructible relationship’.  

There had been fears the two men would not get along, with Mr Biden previously describing Mr Johnson as ‘a physical and emotional clone’ of Donald Trump.

Democratic sources had also questioned whether Mr Johnson was an ‘ally’ of Mr Biden after the latter was elected in November 2020.

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