Brexit: Liz Truss says Northern Ireland Protocol 'isn't working'
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Ms Truss, Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator, is preparing to announce draft legislation that would unilaterally scrap key parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol and remove checks on goods between the UK and Northern Ireland. Government figures are citing a continued impasse with EU talks and over power-sharing in Northern Ireland as evidence that the current arrangement is not working. Europe has issued stark warnings on the economic consequences should the UK retract the promises in the Brexit withdrawal agreement. But Ms Truss is standing firm. She said: “The current EU proposals fail to properly address the real issues affecting Northern Ireland and in some cases would take us backward. “The answer cannot be more checks, paperwork and disruption. Our preference has always been for a negotiated solution but will not shy away from taking action to stabilise the situation in Northern Ireland if solutions cannot be found.” Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission who oversees the Northern Irish Brexit discussions, has urgently called for engagement from the UK.
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