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Live Reporting

Edited by James Clarke and Kelly-Leigh Cooper

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    That's all from our live coverage of the G7 summit.

    The updates today have been brought to you by Victoria Lindrea, Hugo Bachega, Charley Adams, Jonathan Morris, Francesca Gillett, Jack Hunter, Rob Corp, Kelly-Leigh Cooper and James Clarke.

    Thank you for joining us.

  2. What happened today?

    The G7 summit ended with another busy day of news.

    Here are the latest headlines:

    Extinction Rebellion protesters, wearing masks of G7 leaders in the sea in St Ives, during the G7 summit in Cornwall.
    Image caption: Protests continued throughout Sunday too

    You can see some of the best pictures from the packed weekend in Cornwall here

  3. 'France would never question British sovereignty'

    Video content

    Video caption: G7: Macron responds to Northern Ireland 'offensive' comments

    Earlier, Emmanuel Macron responded to the furore around his reported comments on Northern Ireland.

    Reports claimed the French president said at the summit that Northern Ireland was not part of the UK - a remark Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said was "offensive".

  4. In pictures: Bidens go for tea in Windsor

    Queen Elizabeth II (centre) with US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden in the Grand Corridor during their visit to Windsor Castle in Berkshire
    Image caption: The Queen and her guests were photographed in Windsor Castle's Grand Corridor before tea

    US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle.

    This is not the first time the Queen has met Mr Biden. As well as at the G7 on Friday, the Queen also met him in 1982 when he was the senator for Delaware.

    Here are some photographs of the visit so far.

    Marine One lands at Windsor Castle with U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden aboard for their visit with Queen Elizabeth II
    Image caption: The couple landed on Marine One shortly before 17:00 BST
    U.S. President Biden and first lady meet Britain"s Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle
    Image caption: The US national anthem was played in the quadrangle at Windsor Castle
    US President Joe Biden inspects a Guard of Honour during a visit to Windsor Castle in Berkshire to meet Queen Elizabeth II.
    Image caption: Mr Biden was pictured inspecting a Guard of Honour
    U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk next to Britain"s Queen Elizabeth, at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain
    Image caption: Like the rest of the weekend, the weather was beautiful for the visit
  5. Leaders call for end to Ethiopia fighting

    A demonstrator for the cause of Tigray
    Image caption: Protesters travelled to Cornwall to urge G7 leaders to act on Tigray

    Among other pledges in the G7 communique is a call for an "immediate cessation of hostilities" in Ethiopia's Tigray region amid deep concern from leaders.

    Fighting broke out in November 2020 between government forces against local rebels.

    The G7 called for unimpeded access for aid workers to Tigray, where the UN says some 350,000 people are living in famine conditions.

    The statement came after protests about the Tigray situation were held in Cornwall yesterday.

  6. G7 leader sculpture remains popular

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Mount Recyclemore

    A sculpture of the G7 leaders, based on Mount Rushmore and made of electronic waste, was still proving popular on the last day of the leaders’ summit in Cornwall.

    Hundreds of people were still taking in “Mount Recyclemore", erected near Hayle last week, on Sunday.

    The sculpture, by Joe Rush, bids to highlight the damage caused by the disposal of electronic devices.

    Japanese journalists at Mount Recyclemore
  7. Was this the best barbecue in the world?

    As the sun set on Saturday at the G7, master of the barbecue Simon Stallards swung into action with an alfresco feast for the distinguished guests.

    Simon Stallards

    But this was no ordinary barbecue on the beach - Simon has made a name for himself with the Hidden Hut beachside cafe at Porthcurnick in Cornwall.

    Carbis bbq

    And on the menu for the G7 leaders, guests and their partners was a mouth-watering menu of scallops, crab claws and mackerel with a main course of steak, lobster, chips and purple sprouting broccoli and salt-baked beetroot.

    For pudding it was a "Beach Hut Sundae".

    All washed down with Cornish sparkling wine, German riesling, Australian shiraz, Cornish beer and Hedge Row Fizz cocktails.


    As if that wasn't enough, it was then time for baked brie, hot buttered rum and toasted marshmallows around fire pits.

    No wonder Boris Johnson needed a dip in the sea this morning.

  8. Disruption caused by roadblock protests

    Devon and Cornwall Police say a number of protests are causing disruption near where the G7 summit has been held in Cornwall.

    Officers are dealing with a roadblock set up by protesters near Tempest roundabout in St Erth, Hayle, and another in St Ives.

  9. As Queen meets Biden, is this the oldest meeting of heads of state?

    Anthony Reuben

    BBC News

    Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden with the Queen
    Image caption: The US national anthem was played after the Bidens arrived

    Is this the oldest meeting of heads of state?

    President Biden having tea with the Queen has got to be a contender for the the highest ages of two meeting heads of state. The two of them have a combined age of 173 years. (The Queen at 95 and President Biden at 78)

    That’s impressive but it turns out it’s not even the record for Her Majesty.

    On 3 April 2014, the Queen had lunch with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. They had a combined age of 175 years.

    That’s the best we can come up with. Can anyone beat it?

  10. Biden meets Queen at Windsor Castle

    Queen and Biden

    The Queen has greeted US President Joe Biden and his wife Jill for the first time at Windsor Castle.

    They met on Friday night at the G7 summit - but now they are in the castle's quadrangle.

    The US national anthem has been played, followed by a Guard of Honour and then the band played traditional British and American marches.

  11. G7 'completely failed to meet challenges of our times'

    A delivery of vaccines arrives at Nicolau Lobato International Airport in Dili, East Timor
    Image caption: Officials inspect a container of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the USA through the WHO's Covax programme

    Oxfam says the G7 summit in Cornwall "completely failed to meet the challenges of our times".

    "Never in the history of the G7 has there been a bigger gap between their actions and the needs of the world. In the face of these challenges the G7 have chosen to cook the books on vaccines and continue to cook the planet," says Max Lawson, head of inequality policy at Oxfam.

    In a lengthy list of "failures", the charity singles out Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel as caring "more about protecting the monopolies and patents of pharmaceutical giants" than protecting millions in poorer nations from the threat of Covid.

    "We need all G7 nations to follow the lead of the US, France and over 100 other nations in backing a waiver on intellectual property."

    Oxfam describes the promise of one billion vaccine doses as "a drop in the bucket", adding "but they didn't even manage that".

    The charity calls the G7's pledge on climate change a missed opportunity to make new pledges of climate finance "ahead of landmark climate talks in Glasgow" - at November's COP26.

    "We need to see a Herculean effort to cut emissions further and faster, and to hit the long-overdue target of $100 billion per year in climate finance," it says.

  12. Festival feeling in St Ives earlier

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    St Ives

    Earlier this afternoon there was a festival feel in St Ives.

    There was a band, Psychadelephant, playing on a stage set up on the beach in the harbour, with about 30 people dancing along.

    Many more were taking a more passive approach and watching from the sand.

    Globe on beach

    The giant globe that was in Falmouth on Saturday made its way here and there were a number of banners that had messages, including “one people one planet” and “Climate emergency - sound the alarm”.

    Beach protest
  13. Trudeau pays tribute to Merkel 'friendship'

    We've heard from several of the G7 leaders and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also been giving his closing remarks at the end of the summit.

    "This pandemic isn't over yet, so through the G7 we are stepping up - again," he says about vaccination commitments, adding that Canada will give 100 million doses as part of the latest drive.

    He also speaks about other pledges made at the summit, including climate change and education access.

    On Twitter, he says he met with Angela Merkel on the margins of the summit yesterday. Trudeau pays tribute to her "friendship" over the years - with the leader set to leave office in September after more than 15 years as German chancellor.

    View more on twitter
  14. Protest blocks road near G7 summit

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Protesters block road out of St Ives

    The only road out of St Ives during the G7 summit is currently blocked by XR protesters.

    About 25 protesters have been banging drums and singing, and are sitting across a pedestrian crossing. It started at about 15:00.

    No-one has been arrested, but there are about 40 police officers present.

  15. What is in the G7 communique?

    The weekend's G7 summit in Cornwall has finished, and the leaders have now published a 25-page communique - a document outlining what has been agreed.

    They summed up their "shared agenda" into six key points, which are:

    • Coronavirus: The headline pledge was to provide an extra one billion vaccine doses to poorer countries over the next year. They also committed to increasing global manufacturing capacity around the world, improving early warning systems for pandemics and supporting science to cut the time it takes to develop vaccines
    • Help countries' economies recover: The G7 countries say they will shift from supporting countries' respond to the crisis, to helping them grow and recover with jobs and investment. "This has not been the case with past global crises," says the G7 communique - and this time they want it to be different
    • Freer, fairer trade: The G7 had already pledged to agree to a fairer global tax system - which you can read about here
    • Climate change: The leaders committed to a "green reveolution" that would limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5C. They also promised to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, halve emissions by 2030, and to conserve or protect at least 30% of land and oceans by 2030
    • Stronger partnerships with other countries: The communique says G7 leaders want to deepen its partnership to a new deal with Africa, by "magnifying support from the International Monetary Fund for countries most in need"
    • Embrace values of the G7: The communique speaks about the countries' shared values - for example democracy and respect for human rights. And it repeats its aim of getting 40 million more girls into education
  16. Reality Check

    How many Covid vaccines are produced in Africa?

    French President Emmanuel Macron said more needs to be done to help poorer countries produce their own Covid vaccines.

    He said that 20% of “the vaccination need” is in Africa but it only has 1% of the production.

    Africa has a population of about 1.3 billion, which is about 17% of the world’s population, so the 20% figure is not far off.

    A report from the consultants McKinsey says Africa imports 99% of its vaccines, which presumably means it manufactures 1% itself.

    The World Health Organization says there are fewer than 10 vaccine manufacturers on the continent, located in five countries: Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. It said they were all relatively small-scale.

    You can read more about the slow pace of vaccination in Africa here.

  17. Kill the Bill demonstrators bring message to Falmouth

    A number of the leaders have been speaking since the G7 summit ended - and some of the campaigners who have been in the area for the summit have been aiming to have their say too.

    Campaigners against proposed legislation on crime and justice held a protest in Falmouth.

    They were demonstrating against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill as well as social inequality in Cornwall where the G7 leaders have been meeting.


    The Bill includes major government proposals on crime and justice, including changes to protests legislation in England and Wales.

    One speaker called it "draconian and oppressive" and said it would "shift the course of our democracy from progression to repression", to which the crowd booed.


    About 500 people gathered outside the media centre in Falmouth, holding up posters, placards and a banner which read “Resist anti trespass. Kill the bill”.

    Some of the signs say “Is this a serious annoyance?”, a nod to the language which has been put forward in the prospective legislation.

    More than 20 police officers lined the entrance of the G7 media centre to monitor the peaceful protest.

  18. Reality Check

    How much is the UK spending on foreign aid?

    Asked about foreign aid, Boris Johnson said that in spite of the pandemic, “we’re spending £10bn supporting the poorest and neediest around the world… we’re still the second biggest aid contributor in the G7”.

    The UK’s foreign aid spending in 2020 was £14.5bn, which was 0.7% of GNI, a measure of the size of the economy. That figure of 0.7% made it the second biggest contributor in the G7 behind Germany.

    This year, the UK plans to cut its contributions to 0.5% of GNI, which means that spending is likely to be around £10bn.

    We cannot yet judge whether the UK will remain the second biggest spender on aid – in terms of the percentage of GNI - in 2021.

    But it is likely to be overtaken by France – it spent 0.53% of GNI in 2020 and has committed to increase spending to 0.7% by 2025.

    In terms of the amount of cash spent (as opposed to the proportion of the economy) the UK was the third biggest donor in the G7 last year behind the US and Germany.

    Chart showing G7 foreign aid spending
  19. 1bn dose pledge welcome - but we need clear timeline, says Unicef

    A woman is vaccinated in Ghana, which has received jabs via the Covax scheme
    Image caption: A woman is vaccinated in Ghana, which has received jabs via the Covax scheme

    Unicef has responded to the pledge by the G7 countries to donate one billion vaccine doses to poorer countries - but says the jabs need to be given sooner.

    The charity has already warned, before the G7 summit, that there needs to be a steady supply throughout the year rather than countries donating their leftover doses all at the same time in the autumn and winter.

    If that happens, Unicef says, then millions of doses could be wasted as poorer countries won't have the resources to jab everyone before the doses expire.

    Boris Johnson didn't specify when exactly the one billion doses - including 100 million from the UK - will be given.

    Unicef says it welcomes the pledge but says some dose donations will be available immediately - which it was "particularly pleased" about.

    "However, time is still of the critical essence," says the charity in a statement.

    “Several forecasts suggest that G7 countries will have enough vaccine supplies to donate one billion doses by as early as the end of 2021."

    The charity calls for a clear plan and timeline of when doses will be available, and a "rapid acceleration of dose sharing in the next three months".

  20. Reality Check

    Does the G7 contribute a fifth of all carbon emissions?

    By Chris Morris, Reality Check correspondent

    At the end of a summit in which climate change has been a big issue, Boris Johnson says “the G7 countries account for 20% of global carbon emissions".

    There are slightly different ways to calculate percentage shares of emissions - and it's also much more common to see figures cited for all greenhouse gases and not just carbon dioxide on its own.

    A UN-backed report suggests the figure for all greenhouse gases from the G7 is about 25%.

    But most importantly, it’s worth pointing out that the population of G7 countries is only about 10% of the global total.

    It stands to reason that rich countries pollute far more than poorer ones per person, because people consume more when they have higher disposal incomes.

    China produces more carbon emissions than the whole G7, but it has been doing so for a shorter amount of time, and it has a much larger population.

    That’s one of the reasons why the G7 accepts a special responsibility for taking a lead on climate change.