Brexit trade war ‘last thing Britain needs’, Ireland warns Liz Truss over protocol stance

Foreign minister Simon Coveney urges incoming PM to consider ‘sensible compromise’

Adam Forrest
Monday 05 September 2022 15:00 BST
Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak painted as caricature boxers in bonkers Belfast mural

A trade war with the EU over the Northern Ireland Protocol is the “last thing” Britain needs during the cost of living crisis, a senior Irish government minister has warned Liz Truss.

Ireland’s foreign minister Simon Coveney urged Ms Truss – named the new Tory leader and next prime minister on Monday – urged her to consider the consequences of her plan to override the protocol.

Mr Coveney said the UK and EU could still achieve a “sensible compromise” if the incoming PM softens her approach on the contentious post-Brexit trading arrangements.

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