Brexit LIVE: Sunak to pull rug from under Truss in last-ditch bid to derail EU masterplan

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Brexit: Susanna Reid talks Northern Ireland border checks

Following the local elections, Foreign Secretary Ms Truss is on the But sources have told The Telegraph that Mr Sunak and Mr Gove are trying to stop her from succeeding. It has been reported that Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland Secretary, will urge the Democratic Unionist Party to enter power-sharing with Sinn Fein as there has been no resolution to the continued issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol. Mr Gove wants a “slightly softer approach and talking for longer”, while Mr Sunak has “always had a problem with unilateral action” as he thinks the cost-of-living crisis could spiral. Dominic Raab, the Deputy Prime Minister, said on Sunday that the issue must be resolved within “weeks and months.” Mr Lewis is meeting with the leaders of the DUP, Sinn Fein, the Alliance, the Ulster Unionist Party and the Social Democratic and Labour Party on Monday. Another government source suggested that Mr Sunak and Mr Gove had been meddling in the process.

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‘Dial down!’ EU rattled after fed-up Britain threatens bloc to walk away from Brexit talks

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Government would do what is required to resolve the issues around the Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol on Sunday.

In a warning to Brussels, Mr Raab told Sky News: “If anything, the outcome in Northern Ireland from those elections makes it clear it can’t be put off.”

He suggested it would be dealt with in the coming “weeks and months”, warning that stability in Northern Ireland was being “imperilled” by the dispute over the protocol – which was agreed by Boris Johnson’s Government as part of the Brexit divorce from the EU.

The deadlock will increase tensions between Westminster and Brussels, with the UK insisting all options remain on the table – including the possibility of unilaterally scrapping elements of the deal.

That could trigger a major breakdown in relations between the UK and European Union.

Responding to the threat, EU Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic blasted: “The EU has already shown a lot of flexibility by proposing impactful, durable solutions and we stand ready to continue discussions.

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