President Biden to Liz Truss: Negotiate the NI Protocol With The EU.

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Ms. Truss has categorically stated that she would prefer a negotiated solution to these issues, and the PM will deal looking for that. She insisted, however, that she would not let the situation drift.

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Prime Minister Liz Truss (Image/PA Media)

PM Truss Wants UK “Fix” Issues and Guarantee Free Trade

According to the White House, US President Joe Biden will ask Prime Minister Liz Truss to work with the EU to ease tensions over Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit trading arrangements.

They will meet for the first bilateral meeting on Wednesday after Ms. Truss travels for the New York UN summit

The UK’s plans to disregard the Northern Ireland Protocol are causing friction between the two leaders.

Ms. Truss said she would not let the deal’s problems “drift.”

She told reporters in New York that the UK must fix the issues impeding the formation of a new government in Northern Ireland and ensure that trade can flow freely from east to west and north to south.

Mr. Biden and Ms. Truss had stated that it would be preferable for London and Brussels to work their differences over the protocol, which was signed when Boris Johnson was prime minister.

On Tuesday, Ms. Truss did not discuss the protocol with French President Emmanuel Macron, and No. 10 did not say whether she would bring it up with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

Mr. Sullivan, on the other hand, made it clear that Mr. Biden would discuss it “in some detail” with Ms. Truss when they meet to discuss it at the UN General Assembly on her behalf.

Mr. Biden would share “his strong belief that the Good Friday Agreement, which is the key to peace and stability in Northern Ireland, must be protected,” according to his adviser.

Following Brexit, the Northern Ireland Protocol is the deal that allows the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to trade differently.

It keeps Northern Ireland in the EU’s market for goods, preventing a hard border between the United Kingdom and Ireland after Brexit.

However, it has been a source of contention since it went into effect at the beginning of 2021.

Northern Ireland currently lacks a functioning devolved government because the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which finished second in the recent Stormont elections, opposes the protocol and will not join a power-sharing government until its concerns are addressed.

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World Leaders Gather At 77th United Nations General Assembly (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Truss-Biden Differences

According to Chris Mason, the BBC’s political editor, the prime minister’s admission that a UK-US trade deal was a long way off was interpreted as an attempt to counter White House claims that her stance on the protocol could kill any deal.

Mr. Biden tweeted on Tuesday that he was “sick and tired of trickle-down economics.” This is the idea that lowering taxes on businesses and the wealthy will benefit poorer workers as the money circulates through the economy.

Even though it does not appear that the comment was intended to be critical of Ms. Truss, it does highlight the political differences between the two leaders before they meet. For example, the prime minister’s official spokesman called it “ridiculous” to believe Mr. Biden’s tweet was about Ms. Truss.

Gillian Keegan, a Foreign Office minister, stated that Mr. Biden’s tweet was about the US economy, not the UK.

In recent weeks, the Prime Minister has stated his desire to reduce taxes, claiming that doing so will boost economic growth and overall prosperity.

Mr. Biden and Ms. Truss were supposed to meet in London on Sunday after the president traveled to the United Kingdom for the Queen’s funeral, but that meeting was canceled.

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