Prime Minister Liz Truss to meet Taoiseach Micheal Martin at Downing Street before Queen funeral

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Prime Minister PM Conservative MP leader UK United Kingdom Liz Truss 
Taoiseach Irish Premier Ireland Fianna Fail leader TD Michael Martin 
Sitting together at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, Northern Ireland for service of remembrance for late Queen Elizabeth II
The pair were seated next to one another during a memorial service for the Queen in Belfast. Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Taoiseach Micheal Martin is to meet Prime Minister Liz Truss on Sunday, before attending the Queen’s funeral the following day.

Ms Truss will also meet US President Joe Biden, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, and Poland’s President Andrzej Duda at 10 Downing Street.

Mr Martin has met Ms Truss in person briefly since she became prime minister earlier this month.

They were seated next to one another during a memorial service for the Queen at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast on Tuesday.

The meeting comes as the British Government is expected to continue with its Bill to give ministers the power to unilaterally scrap parts of the post-Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol, which was jointly agreed by the UK and EU in order to avoid a border on the island of Ireland.

As foreign secretary, Ms Truss introduced the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, which Ireland and the EU have criticised as breaching international law.

The issue is expected to ramp up ahead of a deadline at the end of October to form a new Northern Ireland Executive, which the DUP has so far blocked in protest over the protocol’s implementation.

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