Liz Truss says Britain is ‘working with Europe’ but is not getting close

Despite welcoming Emmanuel Macron as a “friend” at a one-day summit in Prague, Liz Truss insisted she would keep her regime away from Europe.

For several days at home, the prime minister was faced with a frenzy of events, including backyard mutiny and a tiring party convention.

But she was adamant that attending the summit with EU and non-EU countries did not signal a fundamental change in her view of the bloc.

She told the station Thursday night: Inflation, and migration across our continent.

“So it is very important that we work together with our neighbors and allies to not only stand up to President Putin, but to address the problems we face.”

She denied that her attendance at meetings, including face-to-face meetings between the French president and Dutch President Marc Rutte, implied hopes of easing trade between the UK and the EU as a way to boost growth. .

“This is not about getting closer to Europe.

“This is about working with Europe on the problems we face and the problems we face with rising energy costs, so people in the UK don’t face bills of up to £6,000 ($6,684). decided to introduce an energy price guarantee so that the

“That’s why we’re collaborating with our European neighbors on the North Sea, offshore wind power I was talking about today.

“We are working with our partners on more nuclear energy, so we will never again be in the same position of relying on Russia and Russia using energy as leverage against liberal democracy.” .”

At an earlier plenary session, Truss spoke with European leaders and pitched Britain as a key ally of Ukraine, citing the example of Vaclav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic after the fall of communism. .

Mr Truss told the station that Mr Macron was a “friend”.

Her own refusal to comment on whether the French prime minister was an ally or an enemy during the Tory party leadership campaign sparked widespread criticism.

Dominic McGrath

PA media