UK Foreign Secretary Takes Over Brexit Talks on N. Ireland Protocol

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is taking over post-Brexit talks after the surprise resignation of the previous chief negotiator on Saturday.

Truss said on Monday that she is looking forward to discuss the U.K.’s calls on scrapping the controversial Northern Ireland protocol with EU’s Brexit negotiator Maroš Šefčovič.

“I want a comprehensive solution that delivers for the people of Northern Ireland and everyone across our great country,” Truss tweeted.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Truss after the surprise resignation of then-chief Brexit negotiator David Frost on Saturday. Frost cited differences over government policies and the imposition of COVID-19 restrictions.

Truss will take over the role along with her position as foreign secretary.

Meanwhile, critics have been bringing up Truss’ disagreement on Brexit back in 2016 as environment secretary.

“I don’t want my daughters to grow up in a world where they need a visa or permit to work in Europe, or where they are hampered from growing a business because of extortionate call costs and barriers to trade,” Truss said at a campaign event from 2016.

Allies of Truss, however, said that the foreign secretary has changed her mind over Brexit and would vote for the move if given the chance again.


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