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Patience with the UK over protocol wearing thin, says EU as Biden arrives

Failure to implement checks on goods entering NI could spark trade war, Sefcovic warns after London talks

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Landed: US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images

Landed: US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images

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Mr Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan tells a press conference yesterday that the president harbours “very deep” concerns over the protocol. Credit: Chip Somodevilla

Mr Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan tells a press conference yesterday that the president harbours “very deep” concerns over the protocol. Credit: Chip Somodevilla

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Landed: US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive on Air Force One at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images

The EU has threatened to launch a trade war against Britain if it fails to implement checks on goods entering Northern Ireland under the terms of the Brexit "divorce" settlement.

After talks in London ended without a breakthrough, European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said patience with the UK was wearing "very, very thin".

His warning came ahead of Joe Biden’s arrival in the UK on Wednesday night. He and his wife disembarked Air Force One at about 7.45pm, for what is his first overseas trip as US President.


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