Truss urged to issue 12-word Brexit warning to Ireland and Biden over ‘existential threat’. Source: EXPRESS. Daily Briefing

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Truss urged to issue 12-word Brexit warning to Ireland and Biden over ‘existential threat’

Liz Truss’s appointment has been overshadowed by the death of Queen Elizabeth – but one Brexiteer says it is now time for her to get a grip.

By Ciaran McGrath

13:48, Sun, Sep 18, 2022 | UPDATED: 14:08, Sun, Sep 18, 2022

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Liz Truss has been told to lay down the law to both Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin and US President Joe Biden when she meets them this week – by issuing a simple, 12-word Brexit warning. Ben Habib, the former Brexit Party MEP, was speaking after one Irish media outlet claimed the two sides were poised to agree to continue negotiations aimed at resolving the deadlock over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

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The controversial mechanism for preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland agreed by the UK and the EU has been criticised by pro-Unionists – including Mr Habib – who claim it has in fact result in a border down the Irish Sea, driving a wedge between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK in the process.

Mr Habib told “The Queen’s death effectively suspended the advent of Ms Truss’s premiership. With Her Majesty’s funeral tomorrow, Ms Truss will be firmly back in the limelight.

“The Nation expects urgent action from her to fix the multitude of problems she has inherited.

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Liz Truss, US President Joe Biden and Ireland’s Taoiseach Micheal Martin (Image: GETTY)

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Liz Truss and Micheal Martin at a service of remembrance in Belfast last week (Image: GETTY)

“Alongside the cost-of-living crisis and the broken economy she must address the existential threat posed to our country by the Northern Ireland Protocol.”

Along with many other leaders, Mr Martin, who Ms Truss also met today, would be at the funeral, Mr Habib pointed out.

He said: “She should remind him, and Biden if he is in earshot, they are attending the funeral of the Queen of the United Kingdom of Northern Ireland and Great Britain.”

Mr Habib further suggested a 12-word sentence for the recently appointed Prime Minister, adding: “She should make it utterly clear – the country will stand firmly behind Northern Ireland and our Queen’s legacy.”

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