Cornwall to host G7 summit of world leaders in June

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Carbis Bay, Cornwall | Lantographer/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the 47th annual G7 summit will be held in Cornwall’s Carbis Bay, a small seaside resort near St Ives, from 11-13 June.

Mr Johnson will use the summit to discuss debt, climate change, and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PM called Cornwall “the perfect location for such a crucial summit”. “Two-hundred years ago Cornwall’s tin and copper mines were at the heart of the UK’s industrial revolution and this summer Cornwall will again be the nucleus of great global change and advancement”, said Mr Johnson.

The summit is expected to provide a £50 million boost to Cornwall’s economy, according to Visit Cornwall.

The G7, or Group of Seven, is an intergovernmental organisation consisting of some of the world’s most powerful countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, alongside representatives of the European Union.

Last year’s summit was planned to take place in the US. However, the event took place online after President Trump cancelled it due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leaders due to attend this year’s summit with Mr Johnson include Justin Trudeau (Canada), Emmanuel Macron (France), Angela Merkel (Germany), Giuseppe Conte (Italy), Yoshihide Suga (Japan), Joe Biden (United States), Ursula von der Leyden (President of the European Commission), and Charles Michel (President of the European Council).

Joe Biden is due to attend the summit as president of the United States

Mr Johnson has invited the leaders of Australia (Scott Morrison), India (Narendra Modi), and South Korea (Moon Jae-in) to attend the summit as guests.

Security for the event will be very tight. “We have been preparing for this event for several months, including speaking with colleagues who have managed similar events, so we can ensure that we continue to effectively serve our local communities in the run up to, during and after the event”, said Devon and Cornwall Police’s Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer.

The summit itself is set to be hosted by the four-star Carbis Bay Hotel.

World leaders and delegates will stay at the Tregenna Castle Resort in Carbis Bay and other locations in Cornwall.

Falmouth will play a central role, with the National Maritime Museum Cornwall hosting the world’s media.

Councillor Julian German, leader of Cornwall Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best of Cornwall and the UK on the world stage, and to build our strength and prosperity at home.

“For those reasons we are determined that this event delivers a lasting legacy for our residents, inspires our young people and shows how we can play our part in bringing the world together after the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic – and bringing together all parts of the UK together, leaving no-one and nowhere behind.”