Liz Truss to launch ‘charm offensive’ in fresh bid to woo Brussels’ leaders over Brexit

Let’s unleash the true potential of Brexit: Foreign Secretary Liz Truss issues a rallying cry as she attempts to end the stalemate over Northern Ireland

  • Liz Truss hosts Brussels leaders to break the Brexit deadlock over Northern Ireland
  • The Minister of Foreign Affairs presents new “practical” proposals to end the new border dispute
  • Trus is confident that a deal can be concluded between two parties ‘within weeks’










Liz Truss will launch a charm offensive with Brussels today in an effort to break the Brexit deadlock over Northern Ireland.

The foreign minister will host European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic for a two-day summit at her official residence in her home country of Chevening, where she is trying to end the border dispute that threatens to destabilize the region.

Miss Truss will warn Mr. Sefcovic that the EU ‘shares responsibility for protecting peace in Northern Ireland’ and reminds him that Britain reserves the right to apply Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol – which would allow the UK to unilaterally suspend EU inspections of goods in transit . Irish Sea.

But the minister will also put forward ‘realistic’ new proposals designed to break the long deadlock since the UK left the European Union.

She will stress that a resolution of the Northern Ireland issue can open the door to better relations between Britain and the European Union in a wide range of areas.

One of the sources said the foreign minister believed there was a potential “landing zone” for the deal, which could be struck within weeks.

Liz Truss will launch a charm offensive with Brussels today in an effort to break the Brexit deadlock over Northern Ireland.

Speaking ahead of the opening of today’s talks, Miss 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 over responsibility for Britain’s exit from the European Union to Miss Truss last month after Brexit Secretary Lord Frost resigned due to 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.

The foreign minister will host European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic for a two-day summit at her official residence in her home country of Chevening (pictured) as she tries to end a border dispute that threatens to destabilize the region.

The foreign minister will host European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic for a two-day summit at her official residence in her home country of Chevening (pictured) as she tries to end a border dispute that threatens to destabilize the region.

Mr. Sefcovic and his team are expected to arrive this morning for a full day of talks before a “political dinner” hosted by Miss Truss this evening, where they will be served Scottish smoked salmon, Welsh lamb and Kent apple pie.

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

Officials hope Miss 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.

The State Department declined to comment on the specifics of Ms. Truss’s new proposals, but a source said she wanted to “focus on more practical solutions to problems affecting people on the ground.”

The source said the basic principles set by Lord Frost would remain in place, with an emphasis on facilitating the flow of goods between Britain and Northern Ireland by cutting papers and checks, and making sure the European Court of Justice was not the “final verdict”. of 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.

Today Britain and India will launch negotiations on a new trade deal that could double UK exports.

International Trade Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan will meet her counterpart Piyush Goyal in New Delhi to formally start the talks.

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