NEW: #EU’s chief #Brexit negotiator has urged the new #UK Prime Minister to ”engage” with talks on the #NorthernIreland Protocol.

@MarosSefcovic says this call has been made "for over a year."

"And it still stands – also vis-à-vis the incoming UK Prime Minister & government.”
The European Commission Vice President was speaking at the British-Irish Association Conference in Oxford.

He repeated the EU’s criticism of the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, describing it as a “clear breach of international law” that is “extremely damaging to mutual trust.”
He also warned against further unilateral action – likely hinting at reports that frontrunner, Liz Truss, could trigger #Article16.

Such action may, he said, “Give the impression to many in the EU that the UK leadership is not that interested in cooperation with the EU.”
Mr Sefcovic added he was ready to work with any new “interlocutor” to find a “common solution.”

“The EU will never leave the table.”

(The new Conservative Party leader - & therefore UK PM - will be announced on Monday.)

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