oh biden will tell Liz Truss that she must work with the EU to find a negotiated outcome to resolve post-Brexit tensions over the Northern Ireland Protocol, The White House said.

President of the United States and prime minister will hold a delayed meeting in New York on Wednesday when Ms Truss attends a United Nations summit.

She refused to discuss the protocol with France Emmanuel Macron a day earlier, and Number 10 did not say whether she would raise the issue with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

But US national security adviser Jake Sullivan made it clear he would discuss it “in more detail” with Ms Truss.

Ms Truss is pushing ahead with her controversial Northern Ireland Protocol bill, which the EU and other critics say will breach international law by suspending elements of the deal.

There has also been speculation that she could unilaterally trigger Article 16 of the Protocol to overturn parts of the deal mediated as part of the Brexit divorce deal.

Mr Biden and Ms Truss will also meet after a tweet from the president, sent just as the prime minister was discussing her economic policy, said he was “fed up with the economy going downhill”.

“It never worked,” he said.

The comments highlighted the differences between the positions of the two leaders, while Ms Truss said she wanted to foster closer ties with international allies.

A spokesman for the prime minister said it was “ridiculous” to suggest Mr Biden was criticizing UK policy, arguing that every country faced different economic challenges.

Mr Sullivan told reporters that the president “will encourage the UK and the European Union to work out an effective outcome which ensures that the fundamental principles of the Good Friday Agreement are not threatened”.

“And he will talk to her about it in some detail,” he added.

The adviser said Mr Biden would ÔÇťoutline his strong view that the Good Friday Agreement, which is the touchstone of peace and stability in Northern Ireland, must be protected.

“And we must collectively take action – the US, the UK, the parties in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland – to ensure that it is protected,” he added.

An official for Ms Truss said on Tuesday that the protocol was an issue “we want to resolve it with the EU”, when asked why she had not discussed it with Mr Macron.

Mr Sullivan hailed Ms Truss’ “strong and unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine” and said the Russian invasion would be a topic of conversation.

The “problems posed” by China, the energy crisis and the “economic relationship between the US and the UK” were also cited.

He accepted Ms Truss’s prediction that a comprehensive trade deal between the US and Britain, touted by Brexiteers as the main prize of leaving the EU, was still years away.

Ms Truss told reporters: “There are currently no talks with the US and I don’t expect them to start in the short to medium term.”

Mr Biden had been due to hold talks with the British prime minister when he arrived for the Queen’s funeral, but they were postponed until Ms Truss traveled to the US.


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