The meeting marks the first time Ms Truss has met Ireland’s Foreign Minister since she was promoted to Foreign Secretary in September – and is highly significant given she is now the UK’s Brexit negotiator after last month’s resignation of Lord David Frost. The Protocol is a key sticking point for both the UK and the EU, with critics in the Unionist community arguing it has imposed a border down the Irish Sea by keeping Northern Ireland in the bloc’s single market for goods.
Ms Truss is expected to push for an “interim” agreement aimed at resolving practical problems relating to customs and regulatory checks.
After being handed Lord Frost’s brief, Ms Truss said she wanted to “pick up the pace” of Brexit negotiations.
Following her installation as Britain’s Brexit supremo, Mr Coveney tweeted: “Had a positive initial conversation with Liz Truss on working together to support progress in EU/UK talks on #Brexit & the implementation of the NI Protocol.”
Ms Truss will meet European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic at Chevening House next week, when she is likely to present “constructive” proposals to ease the tension.
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