Raab Calls For “Energy, Ambition and Pragmatism” Before Meeting With Barnier For the Second Time

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Today, Dominic Raab returned to Brussels to go to his second meeting with Michel Barnier ever since being appointed as the new UK Brexit secretary.

The meeting signified that Raab has spent more time with his counterpart from the European Union in just a little more than three weeks as compared with David Davis had since the beginning of the year.

The talks are expected to concentrate on the ongoing issues regarding the Irish border. Before the discussions began, Raab has written a column for the Daily Mail emphasising that the United Kingdom has “a plan with ambition, the energy to deliver and we are working hard to resolve the outstanding issues with our EU friends.”

He continued: “I trust that ambition, energy and pragmatism will be reciprocated.”

Raab reiterated the no deal planning of the United Kingdom, which will include the additional 1,000 border force employees that would be taking place “in case our ambition and energy are not matched.”

While Raab headed to Brussels, the wider charm offensive of the government with the EU27 continues.

Today, Sajid Javid, the home secretary, was also set to meet counterparts in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, as he aims to gain support for the security position of the United Kingdom.

The meeting follows the trip of David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister, to Paris and the trip of Jeremy Hunt to Berlin this week.