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Joe Biden has backed Keir Starmer’s ambitions to take the UK again nearer to the European Union.

The president, who has been a critic of Brexit and the UK’s departure from the EU, made it clear he values the particular relationship however solely as a “knot” tying collectively the US and Europe.

He made his feedback as Sir Keir had his first viewers with the president within the Oval Office since profitable the election final week.

President Biden mentioned: “I kind of see you guys as the knot tying the transatlantic alliance together, the closer you are with Europe. We know where you are, you know where we are.”

Sir Keir responded: “Well I think that’s absolutely right.”

Biden and Starmer shake hands in the Oval Office
Biden and Starmer shake palms within the Oval Office (REUTERS)

It comes as Sir Keir has began the method of renegotiating Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal and likewise establishing a brand new EU safety pact.

Nearly two and a half centuries after America severed its’ political bonds to the British Empire, President Biden mentioned the United States and the United Kingdom are nonetheless “the best of allies in the whole world” as he met with the brand new prime minister within the Oval Office.

The assembly between the 81-year-old American president and Sir Keir, a full twenty years his junior, got here after each leaders participated in talks with different Nato heads of state and authorities on the primary full day of the 32-member block’s annual summit in Washington.

The two males met instantly after England’s Euro 2024 victory over the Netherlands, which clearly cheered Sir Keir forward of the assembly.

Asked if he thought soccer is coming residence, Starmer replied: “I think it is.”

The preident additionally congratulated England on the victory and mentioned “it is down to your prime minister.”

Sir Keir responded that England stay undefeated below his premiership and has confirmed he will likely be going to the ultimate on Sunday in Berlin.

Meanwhie, Biden mentioned the UK — a founding signatory of the North Atlantic Treaty — is “knot that ties the transatlantic alliance together” as the 2 males sat side-by-side throughout a quick availability with reporters.

“‘The closer you are with Europe, the more engaged … because we know where you are and we know where we are,” he said.

The prime minister congratulated Biden on hosting this year’s summit and credited the president with ushering in what he described as “a bigger Nato, a stronger Nato and a Nato with the resolve that we need.”

He additionally mentioned the Anglo-American “special relationship” was “so important” and added that it was “forged in difficult circumstances,” had “endured for so long” and is “stronger now than ever.”

The assembly between American and British leaders comes as Mr Biden confronted extra requires him to face down from his re-election effort following his disastrous efficiency in a =debate in opposition to his predecessor and present Republican challenger, Donald Trump.

Mr Trump, an opponent of Nato who has threatened to renege on America’s dedication to the mutual protection provisions of the North Atlantic Treaty ought to allied nations fail to spend sufficient on protection, is presently main Mr Biden in most public opinion polling, inflicting consternation amongst Nato leaders who concern he may destabilise the alliance by pulling America out of it ought to he return to workplace subsequent 12 months.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/biden-meeting-starmer-brexit-nato-b2577780.html