Brexit LIVE: PM hopeful Truss handed 'trump card' as 'tit-for-tat' EU battle escalation

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The EU has moved to use its flagship Horizon research programme, which has been historically profitable for UK scientists, as leverage in the boiling row over the Northern Ireland Protocol. The European Commission has claimed it does not “trust” Britain enough to let it join the likes of non-EU Georgia, Israel, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia as associate members of Horizon. The move comes after Tory threats to unilaterally tear up the Protocol, and after Ms Truss published legislation to turn those threats into reality. Writing in the Telegraph, Joe Barnes said the dispute could be used by Ms Truss as a “trump card to help burnish her Brexiteer credentials” ahead of the big vote. “Tit-for-tat rows are going to be a permanent feature of UK-EU business until relations can be reset,” he adds. By taking a hard-line against the EU’s bitter campaign, Ms Truss can cement herself as the right candidate for Prime Minister. She has confirmed she is taking legal action to put an end to the bloc’s behaviour.

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