'We've bent over backwards!' VDL loses cool over Brexit row – showdown this week

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The European Commission President insisted the bloc had “bent over backwards for years” to help protect stability in the region. Her remarks come after EU-UK talks over the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol ended without a breakthrough. She told reporters: “The European Union is determined to make the Protocol work for the benefit of Northern Ireland.

“We’ve bent over backwards for years to find a solution on that. We agreed with the United Kingdom that the Protocol was the only solution ensuring the absence of a hard border on Northern Ireland.

“We’ve been really debating that since years and we’ve found the one and only solution.”

Mrs von der Leyen confirmed she would meet Prime Minister Mr Johnson on the margins of the G7 for trilateral talks with EU Council President Charles Michel. 

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