The European and UK heads of post-Brexit relations, the European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic, and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will be at the 24 “meeting, but with no progress this Friday in the UK.
Sefcovic and Truss have seen each other for the first time since the British took over negotiations with the EU in December, when Boris Johnson’s EU Minister David Frost resigned and the latter rebounded on the Irish protocol that London, despite its membership in the Brexit deal, only did reluctant to use.
The meeting took place in a “cordial atmosphere”, so the words of Sefcovic and Truss in a short statement of just one paragraph to explain the two days of contacts that were concluded that Friday.
“I appreciate Truss’s hospitality,” Sefcovic wrote on his official Twitter account before warning that “it is time to raise problems”.
The brief statement agreed between the parties states that they will commission their respective negotiating teams to “intensify discussions” in the coming week so that Sefcovic and Truss can meet again on January 24th.
A spokesman for Sefcovic added from Brussels that the position of the European Union in these negotiations was “known” because it had already offered measures to make the protocol more flexible in October in order to avoid the return of the physical border in Úlster and to help ensure compliance in order to. . “We continue to work to provide stability and predictability,” added the community spokesman.