The Prime Minister told European Commission boss Ursula von der Leyen that rapid progress is needed to cool tensions in the region. There is growing hostility to the Brexit deal’s Northern Ireland Protocol to avoid a hard border because of the EU’s bureaucratic approach. In a phone call last night, Mrs von der Leyen hit back and accused Downing Street of not implementing the Brexit divorce and trade deals.
She expressed her “deep concern” that No 10 was apparently rowing back on its previous promises.
The top eurocrat tweeted: “I expressed my deep concern on EU-UK TCA and WA implementation.
“We will discuss how to progress and ensure compliance in the margins of G7.”
A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister and the President also spoke about the issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol.
“The Prime Minister set out that the UK is committed to finding practical solutions that protect the aims of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and minimise the impact on the lives of people in Northern Ireland. He underlined the need for quick progress.”
Their call came ahead of a series of EU-UK showdowns in London today.
Brexit minister Lord Frost welcomes his EU counterpart Maros Sefcovic for the first meeting of the post-Brexit Partnership Council and the divorce deal’s Joint Committee.
They are set to discuss the rows over Northern Ireland, fishing rights and citizens’ rights.