Northern Ireland: London is preparing to resume talks with the EU

LONDON (Reuters) – British Foreign Minister Liz Truss on Thursday will seek to rekindle talks to resolve difficulties over the Northern Irish protocol, provided for by the Brexit deal, in a meeting with Commission Deputy Chairman European, Maros Sefcovic, whom she will receive in Kent.

Liz Truss became Britain’s chief negotiator with the European Union on the Northern Irish protocol following the resignation of Brexit Minister David Frost last December.

It must now lead negotiations to resolve the difficulties over trade relations between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a British province which shares a land border with Ireland, a member country of the Union.

“It is clear that the EU has a responsibility to help resolve the myriad of problems posed by the (Northern Irish) Protocol,” Liz Truss told a press conference.

“As supporters of freedom and democracy, we should be able to strike a deal which is beneficial to Northern Ireland and which allows us to unleash the full potential of our relationship,” she added. .

It is in the residence of Chevening, in the south of London, that the negotiations will take place. But this change of scenery does not mean that the positions of the different parties have changed.

The EU maintains that it has sought to resolve the problems and has expressed frustration at Liz Truss’ statements on Saturday that Britain would be ready to resort to Article 16 of the protocol if it deems it necessary.

“We are determined to find long-term solutions,” a European Commission spokesperson said on Monday. “We have demonstrated time and time again that we are capable of delivering solutions that work and that we keep our promises.”

(Report William James and Philip Blenkinsop; French version Camille Raynaud)

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