LIVE: A breakthrough on the dreaded deal looms as Truss meets with Coveney TODAY

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Brexit LIVE: Truss meets with Coveney TODAY as a breakthrough looms on the dreaded deal.

LIZ Truss will meet with her Irish counterpart Simon Coveney in London tonight to try to break the deadlock over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Ms Truss’ meeting with Ireland’s Foreign Minister is the first since she was promoted to Foreign Secretary in September, and it is particularly significant given that she is now the UK’s Brexit negotiator following Lord David Frost’s resignation last month.

The Protocol is a major point of contention for both the UK and the EU, with Unionist critics claiming that it has imposed a border across the Irish Sea by keeping Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods.

Ms Truss is expected to push for an “interim” agreement to address practical issues such as customs and regulatory compliance.

Ms Truss said she wanted to “pick up the pace” of Brexit negotiations after receiving Lord Frost’s brief.

“Had a positive initial conversation with Liz Truss on working together to support progress in EUUK talks on (hashtag)Brexit andamp; the implementation of the NI Protocol,” Mr Coveney tweeted following her appointment as Britain’s Brexit supremo.

Next week, Ms Truss will meet with Maros Sefcovic, vice-president of the European Commission, at Chevening House, where she is expected to present “constructive” proposals to reduce tensions.

If Liz Truss fails to reach an agreement with the EU to allow the UK to join Horizon Europe, British researchers may be forced to work in EU institutions.

Following Britain’s exclusion from the EU’s £80 billion research and innovation project due to Brexit disputes, Science Minister George Freeman has been working on a “Plan B.”

Britain was supposed to join as part of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), contributing £15 billion over seven years in order for the science community to have access to those funds and help form long-term fellowships and international industrial collaborations for UK universities and researchers.

Ms Truss has been urged to reach an agreement with the EU and resolve Brexit issues such as fishing licenses and the Northern Ireland protocol in order for the UK to re-join.

A foreign policy expert has warned that the European Union could look very different in “10-20 years,” with Brussels shattered by the success of Brexit Britain and the prospect of more member states leaving the bloc.

With the United Kingdom formally leaving the EU on January 1, 2021, Brexit sent shockwaves throughout Europe.

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