Jayne Adye, director of Get Britain Out, said she is concerned about the Foreign Secretary’s prospects of success given her heavy workload, couple with what Ms Adye called Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “lack of interest”. Ms Adye was writing in the wake of Ms Truss’s meeting with Mr Sefcovic, the bloc’s Brexit frontman, at Chevening House, her official residence, last week, with plans to intensify the discussions next week.
Writing in her weekly Get Britain Out bulletin, Ms Adye said: “All reports emerging are suggesting cordial meetings took place, including over dinner, and the two representatives have agreed to intensified negotiations by officials next week. However, Liz Truss has not backed down from the red lines set out by Lord Frost.”
Ms Truss had even written publicly to say she was also willing to trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol if the EU does not come to the table ready to make changes, Ms Adye pointed out.
However, she added: “Despite this, I am still sceptical about how much Ms Truss will be able to accomplish. Not only is her plate already full with other and very important work around the world as Foreign Secretary, which will undoubtedly result in a reduced focus on Brexit, but her junior, the Minister for Europe, Chris Heaton Harris MP, will no doubt end up doing most of the day-to-day negotiating.
“However, it is worth noting he backed Theresa May’s ‘Brexit In Name Only’ deal back in 2019. It is clear that while he might describe himself as a ‘Fierce Eurosceptic’, his judgement on what will actually deliver Brexit may be poor.
“In addition, as it stands the Prime Minister is clearly showing no meaningful interest in making sure a Real Brexit is delivered. I do not see anything to show the PM has changed his attitude.”
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