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Joint Statement From Truss, VdL Hints At Warmer EU-UK Relations


European Commission and UK Gov't issue joint statement following meeting of PM Liz Truss and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in New York City.

  • "They strongly condemned Russia's actions in Ukraine and agreed that Putin's recent calls to mobilise parts of the population were a sign that Russia's invasion is failing. It is a statement of weakness. They recognised the courage and bravery of the Ukrainian people and underscored their joint commitment to sustaining support for Ukraine in its struggle as long as it takes. They also discussed UK-EU relations including energy, food security and the Northern Ireland Protocol."
  • While the statement is brief and lacking in significant detail, the issuance of a joint statement from both the EU and UK is notable in itself. The last joint statement from a UK PM and the Commission came in December 2020, with the language notably frostier than that used today.
  • Of course there remain significant obstacles to the EU-UK relationship getting back on track, but sustained support for Ukraine clearly a unifying force despite the difficulties posed by Northern Ireland protocol.

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