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Britain has ‘no choice’ but to rip up Northern Ireland protocol, Liz Truss says

BRITAIN has “no choice” but to rip up the Northern Ireland protocol, the Foreign Secretary says.

Liz Truss hit out ­yesterday in a “tetchy” phone call with EU vice president Maroš Šefcovic.

Britain has 'no choice' but to rip up the Northern Ireland protocol, the Foreign Secretary says

Britain has ‘no choice’ but to rip up the Northern Ireland protocol, the Foreign Secretary says
Liz Truss hit out ­yesterday in a 'tetchy' phone call with EU vice president Maroš Šefcovic

Liz Truss hit out ­yesterday in a ‘tetchy’ phone call with EU vice president Maroš Šefcovic

She now wants the PM to overwrite the deal — removing any checks on goods between Britain and Northern Ireland.

But Mr Šefcovic warned the EU would not budge.

The Foreign Office said: “The Foreign Secretary said if the EU would not show the requisite flexibility, then we would have no choice but to act.”

Meanwhile, ex-Brexit chief Lord Frost warned US President Joe Biden to “think hard” before getting involved in the row.

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