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EU unimpressed over Liz Truss’s post-Brexit threats
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The Foreign Secretary, who took over Brexit negotiations following Lord Frost’s resignation in December, yesterday welcomed Maros Sefcovic to her grace and favour country house Chevening, ahead of two days of talks on the problematic Northern Ireland protocol. In a tweet, Ms Truss wrote: “Delighted to welcome @MarosSefcovic for two days of talks on Northern Ireland and the wider UK-EU relationship. “My priority is defending the Union and protecting the peace. I will be putting forward constructive proposals to help communities and businesses in NI.” Quoting Ms Truss’ tweet, Mujtaba Rahman said: “Frost never did this (and I can’t imagine Frost ever doing this) – trying to get a good personal relationship in place ahead of a period of intensive talks by spending a few days at Chevening – a lovely setting.
“For Frost EU was the enemy, Brexit forever. Stupid and counterproductive.”
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Britons urge Truss to trigger Article 16
The British public has been urging Liz Truss to get tougher on her stance on the Northern Ireland protocol, with many calling for her to resign.
Express reader SanjayP said: “Truss said the EU has already invoked this article to introduce a hard border for vaccine exports and, even in the act of withdrawing it, insisted on its right to do so again in the future.
“Time to boot the EU out of NI and take back control.
“If Truss stands firm and actions A16, then she will become leader and win the next GE.”
51mon said: “There should be absolutely no deal with the EU regarding anything to do with Northern Ireland.
“Let them have their border. Any deal is staying in the EU.
“All our politicians are traitors.”
Up to EU to take clear responsibility to resolve NI tensions, says Truss
Chief Brexit negotiator Liz Truss has said that it is up to the EU to take a ‘clear responsibility’ to resolve tensions over Northern Ireland.
Ms Truss said: “My priority is defending the Union and protecting the peace. I will be putting forward constructive proposals to help communities and businesses in Northern Ireland.”
She added that the EU must take a ‘pragmatic approach’ and had a “clear responsibility to help fix the myriad problems”.
Article 16 ‘still on table’, says Truss
Liz Truss has said she did not rule out triggering Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol if sufficient progress is not made on post-Brexit trade deals.
However, she said that she hopes to find a ‘negotiated solution.”
Speaking to the BBC, following two days of talks with her EU counterpart, Maros Sefcovic, Ms Truss said:
Speaking to the BBC, Ms Truss said: “What I want is a negotiated solution. I think there is a deal to be done, we have had constructive talks over the last day.
“Of course, there is more work to do, that’s why we’re intensifying the discussions.
“I’ll be seeing the Vice-President again in a week’s time and I do want to make progress.
“Clearly, if don’t make sufficient progress, we will have to look at the alternatives. But my absolute desire is to get a deal that works for the people of Northern Ireland.”
Truss dubbed ‘new thatcher’ following latest EU showdown
Chief Brexit negotiator Liz Truss has been urged to prove she is the “new Iron Lady” during talks with EU negotiations.
DUP MP Sammy Wilson claims that Ms Truss has modelled herself on Margaret Thatcher.
He said: “Our Foreign Secretary has modelled herself on Mrs Thatcher. “From her tough-talking to tank driving, her pride in her country and promotion of it as trade secretary, she has won the admiration of the Conservative Party faithful and is now one of the highest regarded cabinet ministers.
“These negotiations will be a test as to whether she is an Iron Lady or a tinfoil cut out.”
Sefcovic says we must look for a ‘positive outcome’ from post-Brexit negotiations
Maros Sefcovic has stated that “we must look for a ‘positive outcome” from post-Brexit negotiations.
Mr Sefcovic, who addressed broadcasters following two days of talks with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, said that he believed that Ms Truss preferred a ‘negotiated solution’ to resolve post-Brexit trade issues.
Ms Truss has previously threatened to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol if the trade issues cannot be resolved.
Mr Sefcovic added that it is ‘time to start taking issues off the table’,
‘Deal to be done’ on post-Brexit trade deals, says Truss
Liz Truss has said that there is a “deal to be done” with the EU to sort out post-Brexit trade deals – however, she did not rule out triggering Article 16.
Speaking to broadcasters, Ms Truss said: “What I want as a negotiated solution, I think there is a deal to be done. We have had constructive talks over the last day.
“Clearly, if we don’t make sufficient progress, we will have to look at the alternatives but my absolute desire is to get a deal that works for people.”
Clash erupts over English language use in EU meetings
A bitter clash has erupted between Clement Beaune and Emmanuel Macron’s presidential rival, Eric Zemmour, over the use of the English language in EU meetings.
Mr Zemmour has said that if he is elected he will force all French officials in the EU to demand meetings are only conducted in French.
Speaking to BFMTV on Thursday, the far-right presential candidate said: “When the British entered the EU in 1972, Edward Heath, the British Prime Minister promised Georges Pompidou, our president back then, that the French language would remain the language of the single market.
“We were six back then, then nine and then more. As usual, the British did not keep their word, but that’s the way it has always been in history.
“But above all what I don’t understand is that today there is no more England in the EU and we continue to speak English. As voluntary servitude is magnificent.”
These comments angered French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune, who shot back: “In good French, we call this ‘fake news’ or a big lie: the President and the ministers always speak French in European meetings.
“Even the date of the United Kingdom’s entry into the European Community is wrong.”
Truss and Sefcovic to meet on January 24
Liz Truss and her EU counterpart will meet again on January 24 to continue talks on the Northern Ireland protocol, Maros Sefcovic has announced.
Mr Sefcovic tweeted that he appreciated Ms Truss’ hospitality.
Truss and Sefcovic ‘share a desire for a positive relationship’
In a Joint Statement released following two days of talks on the Northern Ireland protocol, chief Brexit negotiator Liz Truss and her EU counterpart said they “share a desire for a positive relationship between the UK and the EU underpinned by our shared belief in freedom and democracy. “
In a tweet, Ms Truss stated that talks between the pair had been ‘good’.
Lord Frost lays into Boris’ Covid policy
Former Brexit Minister Lord David Frost has laid into Boris Johnson’s Covid policy, stating “that’s why I resigned.”
Lord Frost resigned from his position as chief Brexit negotiator in December, citing concerns about the country’s ‘direction of travel’.
Speaking on The Telegraph’s Planet Normal Podcast, Lord Frost said that the government’s Covid policy “was the reason I resigned.
He added: “That’s what took me out of the Government in December.
“I didn’t agree with the Plan B measures, masks, vaccine passports – that’s what forced me out.”
Boris accused of being ‘ashamed’ of Brexit’
Boris Johnson has been accused of being ‘ashamed’ of Brexit by a leading anti-EU campaigner.
Jayne Ayde, the director of the Get Britain Out campaign said that if Mr Johnson wants to get Brexit done properly he needs to ‘get his head out of the sand’ and demonstrate to everyone around him that the process is not complete yet.
She explained: “Even as far back as the start of 2020 – with his fresh 80-seat majority – Boris Johnson had already reportedly banned the use of the word ‘Brexit’ inside Number 10, before we had even got a final trade deal with the EU!
“All this seems to tell the public is that Boris appears somehow ashamed of Brexit.”
“The mentality held by some about Brexit being only a ‘historical event’ is at the heart of why the Prime Minister continually fails to deliver on the opportunities our exit from the European Union was supposed to create.
“You cannot ‘Get Brexit Done’ properly if you refuse to use the word ‘Brexit’, or accept the job will not be ‘Done’ for years to come! Brexit is not a switch to be flicked on and off and then ignored.”
Rejoiner insists Boris quitting means end of Brexit
Rejoiner Lord Adonis has insisted that Boris Johnson leaving office would through the future of Brexit into jeopardy.
Lord Andrew Adonis, chairman of the largest pro-European organisation in the UK, sparked a discussion on the future of Brexit by tweeting: “If Boris goes, Brexit goes.”
However, managing director for geopolitical risk firm the Eurasia Group Mujtaba Rahman shot back at these claims, arguing that the only way this would happen is if the government joined the single market or customs union.
Mr Rahman added that there was “no credible political pathway to either in medium term – even under a Labour Govt,” adding: “Tweaks to deal (eg labour mobility) possible. More is unlikely.”
Sefcovic to make statement before boarding train to Brussels
Maros Sefcovic will make a short statement at around 10:30 am today, before boarding the train to Brussels, following his talks on the Northern Ireland protocol with Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss.
Ms Truss is also expected to record a broadcast clip.
‘Frost never did this’ Truss deploys ace up sleeve to clinch EU breakthrough
Liz Truss’s attempts to gain a personal relationship with her EU counterpart have been praised by a former Government adviser, who claimed: “Frost never did this.”
The Foreign Secretary, who took over Brexit negotiations following Lord Frost’s resignation in December, yesterday welcomed Maros Sefcovic to her grace and favour country house Chevening, ahead of two days of talks on the problematic Northern Ireland protocol.
In a tweet, Ms Truss wrote: “Delighted to welcome @MarosSefcovic for two days of talks on Northern Ireland and the wider UK-EU relationship.
“My priority is defending the Union and protecting the peace. I will be putting forward constructive proposals to help communities and businesses in NI.”
Quoting Ms Truss’ tweet, Mujtaba Rahman said: “Frost never did this (and I can’t imagine Frost ever doing this) – trying to get a good personal relationship in place ahead of a period of intensive talks by spending a few days at Chevening – a lovely setting.
“For Frost EU was the enemy, Brexit forever. Stupid and counterproductive.”
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