Liz Truss is anticipated to satisfy Emmanuel Macron as she urges continental leaders to face united in opposition to Russian aggression when she addresses the inaugural summit of a brand new pan-European grouping.
Eyebrows had been raised when the prime minister mentioned she would attend the assembly of the European Political Community, seen because the brainchild of the French president.
As international secretary she had been sceptical in regards to the occasion, however she is anticipated to make use of it to set out how the UK has continued to play a number one function in Europe after Brexit, as demonstrated by the response to Ukraine.
The occasion will carry collectively the 27 EU leaders and 17 leaders from exterior the membership, together with the UK and Norway.
It will get underway concurrently recent makes an attempt to interrupt the logjam over Northern Ireland with Brussel restart for the primary time since February. Ms Truss will use the summit to warn that Europe faces “its biggest crisis since the Second World War”.
She is anticipated to encourage international locations to go additional and sooner to finish reliance on Russian power and “usher in a new era of resilience and independence”. As effectively as power, migration is regarded as on the high of the agenda.
She may even meet the leaders of France and the Netherlands in a bid to safe progress on joint operations to disrupt legal gangs taking advantage of unlawful migration.
The assembly would be the second since she mentioned the jury was “out” on whether or not Mr Macron was a pal or a foe of the UK throughout the Tory management race. They additionally held talks throughout a UN summit in New York final month.
She may even use the summit to name on leaders to decide to preserving oil and gasoline interconnectors open this winter. Official anticipate she is going to maintain talks on joint tasks to develop new nuclear and offshore wind.
She will inform the opening plenary session of the summit: “Europe is facing its biggest crisis since the Second World War. And we have faced it together with unity and resolve.
“We must continue to stand firm, to ensure that Ukraine wins this war, but also to deal with the strategic challenges that it has exposed.”