EU’s Maros Sefcovic takes a tumble as Brexit talks begin

Brexit talks were on literally thin ice today – with EU’s Maros Sefkovic stumbling on a slippery move.

Mr. Sefcovic almost came quickly when he arrived at Chevening for discussions with Liz Truss on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

The Secretary of State and the Ministers looked in a panic as he nearly lost his balance at the entrance to the stately home in Kent, but quickly recovered.

Mr Sefcovic tweeted pictures of the two of them cruising around the Earth and said they had a “chance” to solve critical problems.

Brexit rules have been blamed for fueling communal tensions in Northern Ireland, with the Democratic Unionist Party calling for the protocol to be scrapped altogether.

The UK government has threatened to invoke Article 16 and suspend the arrangements if Brussels does not agree to a comprehensive reform.

Maros Sivkovic was nearly present when he arrived in Chevening for discussions with Liz Truss on the Northern Ireland Protocol

The Vice-President of the European Union and the Minister of Foreign Affairs are having discussions in the luxury home of Kent today

The Vice-President of the European Union and the Minister of Foreign Affairs are having discussions in the luxury home of Kent today

Mr Sefcovic tweeted pictures of the couple cruising around the earth and said they had a 'chance' to solve critical issues

Mr Sefcovic tweeted pictures of the couple cruising around the earth and said they had a ‘chance’ to solve critical issues

Speaking ahead of the talks, Ms Truss said: “There is an agreement to be made to protect the peace in Northern Ireland, defend our union, and keep the UK and the EU safe. But it will require a pragmatic approach from the EU.”

I will offer practical and reasonable solutions starting from these basic principles, with the aim of agreeing on a plan for intensive negotiations.

The European Union has a clear responsibility to help fix the myriad problems caused by the Protocol and to protect the Good Friday Agreement.

Boris Johnson handed responsibility for Britain’s exit from the European Union to Ms Truss last month after Brexit Secretary Lord Frost resigned over political differences.

Lord Frost, who negotiated the original Brexit deal, took a hard-line approach to the talks, which resulted in a number of concessions, but some also blamed them for souring the mood over central issues.

A State Department source said the new approach would be “carrot and stick, but more carrot than stick.”

Chevening, a 115-room mansion in Kent, is one of the finest properties of grace and favoritism in the books of government.

Mr. Sefkovic and his team will receive a “political dinner” hosted by Mrs. Truss this evening, where they will be served Scottish smoked salmon, lamb and Kent apple pie.

Further talks are scheduled to continue tomorrow morning before Mr. Sefcovic returns to Brussels.

Officials hope Ms Truss’s new proposals will form the basis for two weeks of intense negotiations before another political meeting at the end of this month, possibly in Brussels.

A source said she wanted to “focus on more practical solutions to problems affecting people on the ground.”

Downing Street said the UK still believed the terms for triggering Article 16 – unilateral suspension of parts of the treaty – had been reached, but the government remained focused on trying to resolve issues through talks.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: ‘We need to fix the problems in the protocol in order to protect the Belfast Agreement and the peace process.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs will present practical and reasonable solutions with the aim of agreeing on a plan for intensive negotiations.

The Secretary of State hosts Mr Sefcovic for a two-day summit at her official residence in Chevening (pictured) as she attempts to end a border row that threatens to destabilize the province

The Secretary of State hosts Mr Sefcovic for a two-day summit at her official residence in Chevening (pictured) as she attempts to end a border row that threatens to destabilize the province

“We believe very strongly that there is a deal to be made but the EU has to show pragmatism.

It remains our strong preference for a negotiated solution, which you can see we are striving to achieve today.

Mr. Sefkovic tweeted: “In December, we delivered the drugs. We now have the opportunity to do so on other issues, building on far-reaching EU proposals. My goal: stability and predictability in NI.”

The Foreign Office source said the basic principles set by Lord Frost would remain in place, with a focus on facilitating the flow of goods between Britain and Northern Ireland by cutting paperwork and checks, and making sure the European Court of Justice was not the “final court”. arbitrator in disputes.

Under the Brexit deal, Northern Ireland was given free access to the EU’s single market to prevent the need for a hard border on the island of Ireland.

But this resulted in the European Union imposing onerous checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea from Great Britain.

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