PLYMOUTH, England—President Biden and British Prime Minister
will meet in person for the first time Thursday, in a test of U.S.-U.K. relations amid the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit and growing tensions over Northern Ireland.
The two leaders are expected to announce a wide-ranging “Atlantic Charter” aimed at solidifying trans-Atlantic relations. The charter, a riff on the joint statement made by then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
in 1941 when they set out their post-World War II vision, will focus on pandemic recovery, climate change, trade and security. Before their formal meeting, Messrs. Johnson and Biden will view the 1941 Atlantic Charter, which will be on display in the county of Cornwall.
The countries have also set up a task force aimed at reopening U.K.-U.S. travel, though the exact timeline for doing so hasn’t been established.