'It cannot drift!' Truss urged to make breakthrough on hated Brexit deal – new issue looms


Ms Truss took over as the UK’s Brexit negotiator earlier this month following the resignation of Lord Frost. Ireland’s Foreign Minister has insisted that negotiations over the Northern Ireland Protocol “can’t drift on for months”.

Simon Coveney told the Financial Times that Ms Truss must make concessions to the EU to bring negotiations to and end.

He expressed particular concern that ongoing negotiations over the Protocol could impact upcoming elections in Northern Ireland.

He said: “We have elections in Northern Ireland in May. Those elections will begin in earnest really from the end of February.

“So this can’t drift on for months.”

Mr Coveney added that if talks do not reach a conclusion by February, “the election in Northern Ireland will become a referendum on the Protocol”.

More to follow.


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