As Britain Prepares for a New Leader, Tensions With Allies Loom
If Liz Truss is elected prime minister, comments from the front-runner predict rocky relations with Europe and the United States,
with Northern Ireland getting in the way of the "special relationship." ENGLAND — Liz Truss stated at a Conservative Party conference three weeks after
she was appointed as Britain's top diplomat in 2021 that her nation does not need to compete with the United States for American favor.
She advised Britons to relax and stop worrying "like some teen girl at a party if we're not deemed to be nice enough," as she put it.
In a meeting where Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a colorful personality, predominated, her line garnered some laughter, but not much more.
However, Mr. Johnson is currently leaving, and Ms. Truss is the front-runner in the race to succeed him; therefore, his controversial remarks could be a sign of future policy.
Ms. Truss will have the opportunity to develop the vision of a global Britain that Mr. Johnson presented after the country exited the European Union two years ago
if she wins a party vote that will be disclosed on Monday. According to diplomats and observers in London and Washington, based on her performance as foreign secretary,
ties with the United States and, even more so, with Europe, could become more tense. Conflicts between London and Brussels have already erupted over Ms. Truss' legislation,
which would rewrite the trade agreements for Northern Ireland after Brexit. Inciting worries that it would start a trade war across the English Channel,
she has promised to force the new law through Parliament. The Biden administration is closely monitoring the situation
because of concern that the conflict could jeopardize the Good Friday Agreement's guarantee of a quarter-century of peace in Northern Ireland.
President Biden has instructed his advisors to relay his alarm over the trade rule negotiations between Britain and the European Union.