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Boris welcomes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Downing Street

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for a bilateral meeting in 10 Downing Street. Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to Downing Street this afternoon (8 April 2022) to discuss the West’s response to Putin’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine.

The two leaders shared their disgust at the Russian regime’s onslaught and condemned Putin’s recent attacks.

Speaking about the plight of Ukrainian refugees forced to flee their homes, the two leaders agreed to work together to ensure those wanting to reach family and friends in the UK could do so quickly.

They also agreed on the need to maximise the potential of renewable energy in the North Sea and collaborate on climate ambitions and green energy.

The Prime Minister said he wanted to further deepen the UK’s relationship with Germany, and intensify its cooperation across defence and security, innovation and science.

The Prime Minister also reaffirmed the need to make significant changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol in order to safeguard peace and stability in Northern Ireland and protect the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement in all its dimensions.

They both agreed to stay in close contact and looked forward to meeting again at the G7 and NATO leaders’ summits in June.

The Prime Minister then gave a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz as follows:

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  1. Sounds like a meeting where the Chancellor, representing the EU, is making overtures to the UK for rapid access to Britain’s North Sea resources of oil & gas to replace supplies from Russia in exchange for the EU taking a realistic business approach to Northern Ireland and illegals crossing the Channel.

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