British Foreign Secretary Lis Truss has warned the EU that it is prepared to use Section 16 to unilaterally boycott parts of the post-Brexit agreement on Northern Ireland if the newly-led Brexit talks fail.
According to Britain’s Evening Standard newspaper, Truss said during his first face-to-face talks this week that he would present “constructive proposals” to his EU envoy, Maros Sefkovic.
He added that he wanted to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Code, which, if no agreement was reached, would suspend certain parts of the agreement designed to prevent a difficult border with the Republic.
Following Lord Frost’s resignation as Brexit secretary last month, the secretary of state took charge of the talks.
It will be hosted by European Commission Vice President Truss Chefkov on Thursday.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, he stated that his “absolute priority” was to address the “unintended consequences” created by the protocol for maintaining peace in Northern Ireland.
“When we see Maros Chefkovich in our first face-to-face talks this week, I will present our constructive plans for resolving the situation,” he said.
He cited issues such as bureaucracy in sending packages between Northern Ireland and Britain, saying the current problems were “innumerable and obvious”.
He added: “I’m willing to work day and night to talk about a solution. Subject. “
Last week, Sefkovic warned that the brokerage “foundation of the full agreement” between the UK and the EU would be affected if Truss took drastic action.
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