Brexit LIVE: ‘Doesn’t understand EU!’ French politician rages at Truss over ‘strength’

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The EU has its own clear favourite in the Tory leadership contest. Mr Sunak is the ideal choice for Brexit negotiators in Brussels due to his softer stance on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Liz Truss, who is currently leading in polls among the Tory membership, has wiped away goodwill between the bloc and the UK with her decision to put forward legislation that would unilaterally rip up parts of the much-maligned Brexit deal.

Mr Sunak is known to have argued during his time in Cabinet against escalating to a fight with the EU by triggering Article 16 of the Protocol.

The former Chancellor has taken a more pragmatic approach to relations with Brussels and has said he would like to avoid an all-out confrontation with the bloc over the protocol and attempt to resolve issues through further negotiations.

Nathalie Loiseau, France’s former Europe minister, observed: “There is one thing Liz Truss doesn’t seem to understand and that is the EU.”

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What is the EU proposing regarding the Northern Ireland Protocol?

The EU set out proposals for the protocol last October. 

Their propositions included: 

An 80 percent reduction in checks on food products arriving in Northern Ireland. 

Halving the amount of paperwork passing legislation to allow the trade in medicines between the UK and Northern Ireland to continue. 

Relaxing rules so chilled meats, such as sausages, could still be sent across the Irish Sea. 

In return, the EU wanted extra safeguards to prevent products from Britain crossing into the Republic of Ireland. 

But the UK rejected this offer because the Government said it would “worsen the current trading arrangements”.

Good morning

Good morning from London. I’m Aliss Higham, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on Brexit today. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.

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