Boris Johnson closes G7 summit with vow to protect integrity of UK

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PM tries not to escalate row over reports Macron suggested Northern Ireland was not part of UK

G7 summit: latest news and reaction

Boris Johnson sought to play down reports of a rift with the EU over Northern Ireland at the end of the G7 summit, although he insisted it was the job of the government “to protect the territorial integrity” of the UK.

Speaking at an end-of-summit press conference, the prime minister was careful not to escalate a row that had intensified following a report that France’s Emmanuel Macron had suggested that Northern Ireland was not part of the UK.

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