LIZ Truss today started the Brexit negotiations for the first time – by asking the EU to back down from threats from its Northern Ireland.
Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke for the first time about the conundrum after Brexit chief Lord Frost abruptly resigned at the end of last year.
She will demonstrate her credentials in emergency talks with European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič at Chevening House today for the latest discussions on the protocol.
Officials will host a welcome dinner of Scottish smoked salmon, Welsh lamb and Kent apple pie to woo negotiators ahead of two intense days of negotiations.
Last weekend, she warned she would tear up the hated Northern Ireland protocol by triggering Article 16 if she had to – to prevent checks at ports that have cut companies off from the rest. back of the United Kingdom.
On the eve of the summit at the Secretary of State’s official residence in Kent, Ms Truss said: “There is an agreement that needs to be made to preserve peace in Northern Ireland, protect our Union and maintain the integrity of the Union. integrity of the UK and EU.
“But it will require a pragmatic approach from the EU.”
An ally of the foreign minister insisted she wanted “urgent” progress, adding: “She sees these talks as a moment of reset.
“She will make the usual recommendations to fix issues affecting people and businesses in Northern Ireland, but start from the ground that Northern Ireland is not a single market.”
Lord Frost, who quit last month, has warned the Prime Minister he must change course or risk losing the next election.
The former Cabinet Secretary, who negotiated our historic Brexit deal, said he was “concerned about the current direction” and firmly opposed the PM’s Plan B Covid rules.
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