On Monday, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is scheduled to tell the European Union that the sooner the dispute over Northern Ireland’s trade rights are resolved the faster it will enable London and Brussels to focus on external issues including Ukraine.
For months now both sides have been locked in talks to rework a politically divisive Northern Ireland protocol that was earlier agreed by London as part of its exit from the EU, two years ago.
That protocol kept Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods in order to preserve a politically sensitive open border with EU member state Ireland.
However, in doing so it created an effective border in the Irish Sea, to the dislike of pro-Brexit unionists in the province, who have spurred the British government to seek to rewrite the deal it has earlier signed.
To this end, Truss will travel to Brussels later today to discuss the situation with the Commission’s Maros Sefcovic.
“It is important we all work together to preserve peace and stability in Northern Ireland, allowing us to focus on building a stronger relationship and focus on external issues, not least the situation in Eastern Europe and standing up to Russian aggression,” said Truss.
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