Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Michael Gove, the Levelling Up Secretary, are allegedly blocking Liz Truss’ attempts to dismantle the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The Telegraph understands that Ms Truss is planning to scrap the Northern Ireland Protocol after the local elections, but insiders tell The Telegraph that Mr Sunak and Mr Gove are working hard to prevent her from doing so.
According to reports, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis will encourage the Democratic Unionist Party to seek a power-sharing agreement with Sinn Fein since the Northern Ireland Protocol concerns have yet to be resolved.
Mr Gove prefers a somewhat soft approach and more time to negotiate, but Mr Sunak has “always had an issue with unilateral action” because he believes the cost-of-living situation would worsen.
The matter must be handled within “weeks and months,” according to Dominic Raab, the Deputy Prime Minister. On Monday, Mr Lewis will meet with the DUP, Sinn Fein, the Alliance, the Ulster Unionist Party, and the Social Democratic and Labour Party leaders.
According to another government source, Mr Sunak and Mr Gove were interfering with the process.