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Liz Truss appointment ‘a disaster’ says Richard Tice

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Former Government adviser Mujtaba Rahman said there is speculation Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris “will run day-to-day negotiations on Protocol”.

It comes just days after Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was appointed chief-Brexit negotiator, replacing Lord Frost who resigned due to “coercive measures” to tackle Covid.

Taking to Twitter EU expert Mr Rahman said the EU “won’t accept delegation of Joint Committee discussions to a junior minister”.

He added: “Maros Sefcovic if a Vice President to EU Commission- his counterpart will have to be Liz Truss.”

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Boris and Truss tactics ‘not playing out’ on world stage, says expert

An international trade expert said Boris Johnson and the Government’s “inflexibility” is hampering post-Brexit trade deals. 

Speaking to Express.co.uk., Professor Michael Gasiorek, a specialist in international trade, said that the UK hasn’t “done itself any favours on the international stage” since Brexit.

Professor Gasiorek said the UK is “a smaller player on the world stage than we were before”.

He added: “That does not mean that countries don’t want to do deals with the UK but it does mean that the UK has a diminished influence into that economic environment.”

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‘UK position has not changed’

Liz Truss has vowed to keep up tough negotiations with the EU, saying the “UK position has not changed”.

Following her first call with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, she said the UK is not afraid to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol. 

Ms Truss said talks “must pick up pace” in the New Year but the UK’s preference “remains to reach an agreed solution”.

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