Weary EU chief Sefcovic desperately wants to strike deal with UK over Brexit protocol

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Maros Sefcovic has been conducting negotiations with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in recent weeks in a bid to reach an agreement over the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol included in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. Sky News chief political correspondent Jon Craig noted the EU chief appeared rather “weary” as he discussed the latest development in the talks with Ms Truss. Mr Craig said: “He sounded like a man who desperately wants to make progress, almost weary in his body language and tone.

“But I suppose for those who want to get this sorted out, it was encouraging that he talked about more talks.

“He talked about taking stock of his talks with Liz Truss by the end of next week.

“And then he talked about another meeting of the Joint Committee on Withdrawal.

“No deadline as such but some announcement of further talks.”

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In a joint statement, Ms Truss and Mr Sefcovic said Monday’s meeting “took place in a constructive atmosphere with the aim to advance the talks”.

As well as the ongoing discussions, the EU-UK Joint Committee will meet in February.

This will be the first time the panel, set up to oversee the implementation and application of the Brexit divorce deal, will have met since June.

The joint statement said Ms Truss and Mr Sefcovic “reaffirmed their shared desire for a positive EU-UK relationship underpinned by our shared belief in freedom and democracy, and co-operation on common global challenges.” 


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