Liz Truss to urge unity on migration and energy at major European summit

Prime Minister Liz Truss. Credit: PA

Liz Truss is set to urge unity at a summit in Prague with other European leaders to "address the fundamental causes" of energy and migration challenges.

The prime minister will attend a summit of European leaders in Prague on Thursday, with French President Emmanuel Macron among the premiers she is expected to meet.

Ms Truss travels to the Czech Republic for the meeting of the European Political Community after a difficult Conservative Party conference, dominated by internal division and backbench opposition to some of her key policies.

She is expected to meet the Mr Macron for a bilateral meeting, after holding talks with him during a UN summit in New York last month.

Liz Truss met with French president Emmanuel Macron at the UN headquarters in New York last month. Credit: PA

The European Political Community summit was an idea proposed by the French President that would include the EU and other European nations including Norway, the UK and non-member Balkan states.

Downing Street said Ms Truss’s talks with Mr Macron and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte will focus on migration and aim to secure progress on joint operations to disrupt people-trafficking gangs.

No10 added the PM will also encourage countries to act quicker to end Europe’s reliance on Russian energy supplies in light of its renewed invasion of Ukraine.

Ms Truss is expected to tell the opening plenary session in Prague: "Europe is facing its biggest crisis since the Second World War. And we have faced it together with unity and resolve.

"We must continue to stand firm – to ensure that Ukraine wins this war, but also to deal with the strategic challenges that it has exposed.”

Ms Truss is expected to join Czech premier Petr Fiala for a working lunch Credit: PA

Ms Truss will seek to stress the UK’s role in European matters – including Ukraine – despite leaving the EU, Downing Street said.

The PM will say: "The threat was left to fester for far too long. Now, at last, we are tackling Putin’s aggression head-on.

"And we should take the same approach with other challenges before us – including longstanding regional issues like energy and migration.

"Instead of the old approach which merely dealt with the symptoms, it’s time to address the fundamental causes.”

Back in the UK, the chair of the treasury select committee, Mel Stride, admitted the Tories need to show 'fiscal credibility' as Liz Truss' problems continue to concern MPs

Ms Truss is expected to join Czech premier Petr Fiala for a working lunch.

As foreign secretary, she was a sceptic of the planned summit, so her decision to attend has caused some surprise.

Non-EU member invitees include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the UK and the Balkan nations that currently aren't in the union.

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