GB-Minister of Foreign Affairs will hold talks with the EU – 12/19/2021 at 9:01 PM

(Updated with EU reaction)

LONDON, Dec. 19 (Reuters) – British Foreign Minister Liz Truss will become Britain’s top negotiator with the European Union on the Northern Ireland protocol following the resignation of Brexit Minister David Frost. the office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday.

Britain officially left the EU earlier this year, but the two sides are in talks to resolve difficulties over trade relations between Britain and Northern Ireland, a British province that shares a land border with Ireland, a member of the the Union.

David Frost, one of the main architects of Boris Johnson’s Brexit policy, resigned on Saturday over disagreements over the government’s strategy.

His departure raised doubts about the future tone of the discussions between London and Brussels.

“Truss will assume ministerial responsibility for the UK’s relationship with the European Union with immediate effect … and will lead the ongoing negotiations to resolve issues that arose in the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol,” the cabinet said. .

Following the announcement, Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission, said on Twitter: “My team and I will continue to cooperate with the UK with the same constructive mindset on all major future work, including the protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland.” .

David Frost negotiated this protocol, which is part of Britain’s agreement to exit the European Union. It was signed by the Boris Johnson government before he disowned it.

Former Trade Minister who became Foreign Minister in September, Liz Truss is popular with activists in the ruling Conservative Party.

A great user of social networks and considered one of the possible candidates for the succession of Boris Johnson, she had supported “Remain” during the 2016 referendum on Britain’s accession to the European Union, but has since become a supporter of Brexit.

The two sides are due to resume their discussions in January on a whole series of issues, including customs controls, as well as controls on agri-food products that transit between Britain and its province.

(Kylie MacLellan report, French version Gwénaëlle Barzic)

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