Time to play hardball: Truss told to ‘expose EU games’ and cement place as next PM

Liz Truss' allies calling for bid to take over from Prime Minister

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But Jayne Adye has said the MP for South West Norfolk has a chance to “cement her place” as Boris Johnson’s successor by delivering on her newly acquired responsibilities. Ms Truss, the Foreign Secretary, succeeded Lord Frost after he quit his Cabinet role on Saturday, and will now take on the task of resolving disputes in several key areas, not least the Northern Ireland Protocol, and UK fishing access for EU ships.

With respect to the latter, French politicians including Alain Cadec, a French Senator since 2020, this week urged President Macron to keep up the fight with the UK into 2026 and beyond.

Additionally Clement Beaune, France’s Minister for European Affairs, has also warned Paris is planning to asking the EU to initiate legal action against the UK, despite Britain rejected just seven percent of licence applications.

Ms Adye told Express.co.uk: “Liz Truss must take positive action with the EU NOW, as she gets to grips with her new responsibilities – let’s hope her past history as a ‘Remainer’ will not re-emerge!

“This behaviour will only continue – and get much worse if we do not reject the actions of those in the EU.

“Northern Ireland may be the area of the negotiations which has received the most attention so far. However, the UK fishing industry and the health of our waters cannot be ignored.”

Ms Adye also highlighted the risks inherent in losing Lord Frost at such a delicate stage.

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She explained: “The EU may feel emboldened by Lord Frost’s resignation, but at the moment, the recent ridiculous behaviour of Maros Sefcovic – dangling important compromises which should have been put in place from the beginning – cannot be allowed to continue.”

Turning her attention to Ms Truss, tipped by many as the next occupant of Number 10, Ms Adye said: “Liz Truss must come in ready to play hardball and expose these EU political games.

“Liz Truss has the opportunity to cement her place as the real successor to Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, if she delivers on her new responsibilities.

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“However, this means delivering on all of the Brexit promises made to the Great British Public when we voted to Get Britain Out of the EU – and not just about Northern Ireland.”

Speaking on Wednesday, Ms Truss said she wanted talks with the EU over Irish trading arrangements to “pick up the pace” in the new year.

She added: “We want a constructive relationship with the EU, underpinned by trade and our shared belief in freedom and democracy.

“Resolving the current issues is critical to unleashing that potential.

“The UK position has not changed. 

“We need goods to flow freely between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, end the role of the ECJ (European Court of Justice) as the final arbiter of disputes between us, and resolve other issues.”

Ms Truss stressed: “We must pick up the pace on talks in the New Year. 

“Our preference remains to reach an agreed solution.

“If this does not happen, we remain prepared to trigger Article 16 safeguards to deal with the very real problems faced in Northern Ireland and to protect the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement in all its dimensions.”

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