/ 23 September 2021

Getting a grip on some big relationship moves

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 22: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson checks out a bust of Sir Winston Churchill  after a meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 22: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson checks out a bust of Sir Winston Churchill after a meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

UK PM Boris Johnson has told France to “donnez-moi un break” (give me a break) and “prenez un grip” (get a grip) on its anger of being left out of the AUKUS security pact inked last week. The UK, US and Oz were “not trying to shoulder anybody out,” he told reporters in Washington DC. US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron have had a call, and after a sorta-kinda admission that America should have been more consultative, France’s ambassador will return to the US. But UK-France relations remain testy… Not so PM Scott Morrison’s in-person talks with Biden – reports this morning say discussions have turned to Oz hosting US/UK nuclear-powered subs from the start of the 2030s (paywall). That would bring “training opportunities for Australians as we seek to build our capability,” Morrison said. At home, Labor continues to criticise Morrison for the fallout with France.

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