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US, UK seek to sign New Atlantic Charter


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Not much

Mains level: Atlantic Charter

US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeks to sign a new Atlantic Charter.

What is Atlantic Charter?

  • The Atlantic Charter was a statement issued on 14 August 1941 that set out American and British goals for the world after the end of World War II.
  • The charter’s adherents signed the Declaration by United Nations on 1 January 1942, which was the basis for the modern United Nations.
  • The charter inspired several other international agreements and events that followed the end of the war.
  • The dismantling of the British Empire, the formation of NATO, and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) all derived from the Atlantic Charter.

Why sign new charter?

  • At their meeting, the two leaders plan to sign what they’re calling a new Atlantic Charter, pledging to “defend the principles, values, and institutions of democracy and open societies.”
  • US hopes to reassure European allies that the US had shed the transactional tendencies of Donald Trump’s term and is a reliable partner again.
  • The US staunchly opposed the Brexit movement, the British exodus from the European Union that Mr. Johnson championed, and has expressed great concern with the future of Northern Ireland.
  • Biden once called the British leader a “physical and emotional clone” of Trump.

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