Liz Truss grilled over ‘timescale’ of Protocol

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This comes amid mounting tensions between the UK and the EU over the Northern Ireland Protocol, which has caused shortages, delays and price rises in Northern Ireland and has also been accused of undermining the Good Friday Agreement.

The UK has been locked in talks with the EU since October 2021 and has been threatening to suspend parts of the agreement by triggering Article 16 for months.

But, most recently, it has threatened to suspend the protocol entirely by taking unilateral legislative action.

Speaking about upcoming negotiations with the bloc, taking place next week, Irish journalist Tony Connelly said the EU “is expecting the worst” from London, which they expect to go “all in” and “completely rewrite the protocol”.

He said that member states are feeling “frustration” and “outrage” at the UK’s position.

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Britain was told it could take part in the UK’s £80billion Horizon Europe so its researchers could access EU grants and collaborate with European partners as part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) but the EU then told Britain it cannot participate until it resolves the Northern Ireland Protocol with the bloc.

Labour’s Shadow Science Minister Chi Onwurah told “It is not surprising that there is a lack of trust on the European Union side given that the Prime Minister is forever storming out of rooms and threatening them.”

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