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Biden Implores UK PM on Post-Brexit Plans

The White House says, US President Joe Biden will urge Prime Minister Liz Truss to work with the EU to resolve tensions around post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland.

Report says, they will hold their first bilateral meeting on Wednesday, after Ms Truss travelled to New York for a UN summit.

Tensions between the two leaders have emerged over controversial UK plans to override the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Ms Truss has said she will not allow problems with the deal to “drift”.

Speaking to reporters in New York, she said the UK must fix issues preventing the formation of a new government in Northern Ireland and ensure “free-flowing trade east to west as well as north to south”.

Both Mr Biden and Ms Truss have said a negotiated resolution to the row over the protocol – which was signed when Boris Johnson was prime minister – between London and Brussels is preferable.

Ms Truss said: “I’ve always been clear my preference is for a negotiated settlement to deal with those issues and I will continue to seek that. But what I will not allow is for this situation to drift.”

US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, told reporters on Tuesday the president would encourage the UK and EU to reach a deal to protect the Northern Ireland peace deal – the Good Friday Agreement.

Ms Truss declined to discuss the protocol with France’s President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, and No 10 did not say whether she would raise it with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

But Mr Sullivan made clear Mr Biden would discuss it “in some detail” with Ms Truss, when they meet as part of her trip to address the UN General Assembly.

Mr Biden would “communicate his strong view that the Good Friday Agreement – which is the touchstone of peace and stability in Northern Ireland – must be protected”, his adviser added.

BBC/Taiwo Akinola

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