Thursday evening UK news briefing: Boris Johnson and Joe Biden signal unity in first meeting ahead of G7 summit

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Your evening briefing from The Telegraph
Your evening briefing from The Telegraph

Joe Biden and Boris Johnson sought to play down suggestions of a rift as the pair joked at the start of their first-ever in-person meeting.

The US President had put the cat among the pigeons after a senior member of his team warned Lord Frost he was "inflaming" the situation in Northern Ireland.

In public, the pair were all smiles as Mr Biden said the two men "have something in common - we both married way above our stations". Read Mr Johnson's response.

While the pair are keen to signal the strength of the special relationship, tensions are bubbling up over the Northern Ireland protocol and Mr Biden's intervention.

Nile Gardiner argues Mr Biden should keep his sneering anti-British, anti-Brexit views to himself.

James Crisp analyses how, hamstrung by the Brexit deal, the EU is considering its retaliation over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

For Mr Biden, the Cornish seaside air will be a welcome relief from the bickering that has engulfed his domestic agenda in Washington.

Nick Allen reveals all on the President's headaches at home.

It also emerged Mr Biden and his wife will be welcomed at Windsor Castle by the Queen with a Guard of Honour on Sunday, followed by afternoon tea.

With the summit beginning in earnest tomorrow, Mr Biden will want to restore American credibility while Mr Johnson will try to cement relationships to vindicate his post-Brexit vision of "global Britain".

Roland Oliphant analyses what each world leader wants from the G7 summit.

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England 2.0: How Gareth Southgate rebuilt after 2018

On the eve of a major tournament, England fans are often gripped by a mix of hope and nagging pessimism. The 2018 World Cup has fostered some optimism but England have not gone deep in successive major tournaments since 1970. Yet with a squad of young, exciting players, Gareth Southgate can end that at Euro 2021. Jason Burt examines how the manager rebuilt after 2018. The other big question is what the commentary on TV will be like. Alan Tyers analyses which channel has the best punditry team. You can download your tournament wall chart, use our sweepstake kit and read the Telegraph's Euro 2021 predictions.

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Also in the news: Today's other headlines

'Excessive intrusion' | The Earl of Wessex has acknowledged that the family drama surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's departure from royal life is "very sad," adding: "It's difficult for everyone, but that's families for you." Prince Edward, 57, could not avoid the subject dominating headlines as he gave two television interviews to mark what would have been his father, the Duke of Edinburgh's, 100th birthday.

Around the world: Navalny vows to fight on after ruling

Alexei Navalny, the jailed Russian opposition leader, has vowed to fight on despite a court ruling outlawing his entire movement, saying he is supported by millions of Russians who will keep fighting against President Vladimir Putin's corrupt regime. The move marks the Kremlin's most daring attempt to do away with significant opposition.

Thursday big-read

Car crash, adultery, addiction: Can Tiger Woods still bounce back?

Many are wondering when this once star player will make his return to professional golf - Getty Images
Many are wondering when this once star player will make his return to professional golf - Getty Images

He's the comeback king of golf, but as the US Open begins next Thursday, Jim White reveals how all the talk is about Tiger Woods' continued absence

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