Truss: It’s up to EU to take ‘clear responsibilty’ to resolve NI tensions

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She urged the EU to step up to its “clear responsibility” as two days of talks began with Eurocrat Maros Sefcovic.

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Ms Truss said: “My priority is defending the Union and protecting the peace. I will be putting forward constructive proposals to help communities and businesses in Northern Ireland.”

But she added the EU must show a “pragmatic approach” to resolving tensions and insisted Brussels had a “clear responsibility to help fix the myriad problems”.

After Brexit, Northern Ireland was allowed to remain in the EU’s single market to keep the Irish border open.

But that led to checks on products arriving from the rest of the UK. And some, such as British bangers, could not be freely sold.

Medical supplies were also restricted but progress was made on that in December.

At the talks at Chevening in Kent, Mr Sefcovic said: “Now we have an opportunity to do so on other issues”.

The Government believes conditions for triggering Article 16 – suspending parts of the Brexit treaty – have been reached but said it is still focused on trying to resolve the issues.

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