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Liz Truss to meet with top Democrat as Northern Ireland Protocol row heats up

The Foreign Secretary is set to meet with a top Democrat on Saturday as tensions mount over the UK’s controversial plans to overwrite parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol.Liz Truss and International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan are expected to hold meetings with a bipartisan congressional delegation led by Richard Neal, who heads up the powerful ways and means committee in the US House of Representatives.It follows a warning from US House speaker Nancy Pelosi that Congress will not support a free trade agreement with the UK if the Government persists with “deeply concerning” plans to “unilaterally discard” the protocol.In a...
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Liz Truss says ‘high-paid jobs’ answer to cost of living crisis

Liz Truss has said the creation of more “high-paid jobs” will get Britain through the cost of living crisis, as she resisted calls to impose a windfall tax on the oil and gas giants.The foreign secretary said an emergency levy would make it “difficult to attract future investment” – and suggested that better-paid jobs would help struggling Britons cope with soaring bills.“The important thing is getting economic growth up, getting those high-paid jobs into our country, attracting the investment – that is what we need to do to sustain ourselves through a very severe economic storm,” Ms Truss told...
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Liz Truss claimed only Irish people hit by Brexit would be ‘a few farmers with turnips’, says ex-diplomat

Cabinet minister Liz Truss once claimed that the impact of a no-deal Brexit on Ireland would only affect “a few farmers with turnips in their trucks”, a former UK diplomat has claimed.Alexandra Hall Hall resigned her diplomatic role in the US in 2019 – saying she no longer wished to “peddle half-truths” on behalf of leaders she did not “trust”.Responding to the foreign secretary’s plan to override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, Ms Hall Hall said she was “so pleased to see Liz Truss become a genuine expert on Irish matters”.The ex-official tweeted: “[Ms Truss] was, after all,...

Liz Truss promises ‘legal statement’ soon on plan to override protocol, as she insists UK not breaking law

Boris Johnson’s government will publish its legal position on its plan to override parts of Northern Ireland Protocol soon, foreign secretary Liz Truss has promised.The EU has threatened to retaliate if the UK proceeds with legislation to ditch agreed GB-NI checks – insisting the plan would violate the Brexit treaty.“We are very clear that that is legal under international law, and we will publish a legal statement very shortly outlining the government’s legal position,” Ms Truss told BBC Radio’s 4’s Today programme.Attorney General Suella Braverman has reportedly advised the government that the radical legislation move would be legally sound because of the “unreasonable” way that protocol...

Northern Ireland: Liz Truss sets out new law on post-Brexit trade deal

Liz Truss has said a new law would be introduced to change the post-Brexit trade deal for Northern Ireland. The foreign secretary insisted the bill would be legal under international law. Boris Johnson's government agreed the trade deal - which governs how goods enter Northern Ireland from the rest of...

Labour reaction to Liz Truss plans for Northern Ireland Protocol

Labour's Stephen Doughty asked if the government did not understand its Brexit agreement or if it "intended to break it all along". The shadow foreign minister was responding to Liz Truss's statement on the Northern Ireland Protocol, saying it was "deeply troubling" for the government to break a treaty it had signed two years ago.

Liz Truss announces plan to override Northern Ireland protocol in ‘coming weeks’

Liz Truss has announced that the government will bring legislation to unilaterally ditch the Northern Ireland protocol, despite a plea from the Bank of England to avoid a damaging trade war with Europe.The foreign secretary has proposed the bill - due to be published in weeks - as a means of upholding the Good Friday Agreement and re-establishing powersharing in the Northern Ireland Executive.Boris Johnson said on Monday that an “insurance” policy was needed to fix the deal on how goods enter Northern Ireland from the UK post-Brexit.Click here to sign up for our newsletters.