The UK calls for pragmatism as Liz Truss leads Northern Ireland Brexit talks. The British government has relaunched talks with the European Union on Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit status, calling for Brussels to be “pragmatic” after months of deadlock.
Northern Ireland is at the centre of attention as both sides sit down for talks. At stake, beyond the details of the Brexit protocol dealing with trading arrangements, is safeguarding peace in the UK territory and avoiding a trade war between London and Brussels.
Liz Truss leads Northern Ireland Brexit talks
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss — who has taken over the political disaster since the sudden resignation of former Brexit minister David Frost in December — is hosting European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic until Friday.
Talks are taking place at the foreign secretary’s country residence at Chevening House, near London.
The foreign secretary also reiterated the UK demand “to end the role of the European Court of Justice as the final arbiter of disputes”.
The EU Ambassador to the UK, João Vale de Almeida, said last weekend that triggering Article 16 would not help solve problems created by Brexit
British government want to undo another one of Boris’s cockups
The British government wants a complete overhaul of the treaty, agreed by Boris Johnson with the EU as part of the legally-binding Brexit divorce deal — he says in haste amid the rush in late 2019 to take the UK out of the bloc.
A New Years party by the Tory’s to encourage talks
Liz Truss will attempt to persuade the EU negotiators with A New Years Party by the Tory’s to encourage talks
The menu for Thursday evening’s dinner is suitably British: Scottish smoked salmon, Welsh lamb, and for dessert a pie made with English apples from Kent. Perhaps French and Italian wine to provide hope for momentum for 2022.