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The Foreign Secretary and newly appointed chief Brexit negotiator is set to take a tough line in fresh Brexit negotiations with EU Commission vice president Maroš Šefčovič when they meet today in Chevening House, Kent. As a favourite to succeed Boris Johnson, taking a tough line with Brussels on the NI protocol would serve her well among the Tory faithful in a leadership battle. The Irish government has suggested February as a provisional deadline. If Ms Truss is successful, she could succeed Mr Johnson as PM and get the new NI deal wrapped up before the NI Assembly elections in May – putting the DUP in a difficult position, not for the first time.
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Liz Truss and Maros Sefcovic meet for first time
European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič will today meet Liz Truss at for dinner at Chevening House in Kent.
While the two spoke over the phone in December, this will be their first face-to-face meeting, after talks on the Northern Ireland protocol paused over Christmas.
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