Boris holds urgent call with VDL ahead of summit – PM demands progress over Brexit spat | Politics | News

The phone call with the President of the European Commission comes ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall at the weekend. The Prime Minister raised the problems surrounding the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol and “underlined the need for quick progress”, Downing Street said.

Mr Johnson also stressed the UK Government is “committed to finding practical solutions” in accordance with the Good Friday Agreement.

In a post on Twitter following the call, Ms von der Leyen expressed her “deep concern” on the implementation of the Brexit trade and withdrawal agreement.

She added: “We will discuss how to progress and ensure compliance in margins of G7.”

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister spoke to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen this afternoon, ahead of the G7 Summit.”

He added: “The Prime Minister and the President also spoke about the issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Prime Minister set out that the UK is committed to finding practical solutions that protect the aims of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and minimise the impact on the lives of people in Northern Ireland.

“He underlined the need for quick progress.

“The leaders looked forward to seeing each other in Cornwall later this week.”

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