Joe Biden will urge Liz Truss to work with the EU to find a negotiated outcome to solve post-Brexit tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol, the White House has said.
The US president and the prime minister will hold a delayed meeting in New York today as the Truss attends a UN summit. She declined to discuss the protocol with President Macron of France during a meeting yesterday and No 10 did not say if she will bring it up with Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president.
Jake Sullivan, the US national security adviser, made it clear that Biden will discuss it “in some detail” with Truss.
Sullivan told reporters that the president “will encourage the UK and the European Union to work out an effective outcome that ensures there is no threat to the fundamental principles of the Good Friday agreement”.
The prime minister is pressing forward with her controversial Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, which the EU and other critics say will breach international law. Some are predicting that she could unilaterally trigger Article 16 of the protocol, to override parts of the agreement brokered as part of the Brexit divorce deal
Truss meets Ukraine’s first lady
Liz Truss met Olena Zelenska in New York
Liz Truss met Olena Zelenska, wife of Ukraine’s president, and Denys Shmyhal, the prime minister, as they toured an exhibition entitled “Russian Warcrimes” at the Ukrainian Institute of America on Tuesday evening. They briefly crossed paths with Brigitte Macron, the French first lady, as she arrived for her own tour.
The exhibition includes more than 20 large-format photographs showing civilians killed or injured. “These are the type of crimes we thought had been consigned to history,” Truss said.
The two met as Russia signalled that it would annex swathes of Ukraine by holding referendums in the Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhya regions.