She tweeted: “Congratulations Liz Truss. The EU and the UK are partners. We face many challenges together, from climate change to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The EU leader’s tweet added: “I look forward to a constructive relationship in full respect of our agreement.”
The second part of the tweet seemed to refer to the Northern Ireland Agreement, which aligns Northern Ireland trade with EU standards to avoid border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The deal means that Northern Ireland is part of the EU’s Single Commodities Market and continues to comply with certain EU laws.
Boris Johnson’s government has unveiled the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, which will give ministers the power to change the deal as part of the EU-brokered Brexit deal.
The EU sees the legislation as a breach of international law, and Irish Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney said the last thing Britain and Ireland needed was an “EU trade war and the UK”.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland has said it will not allow the formation of a new government unless the deal is changed.
There is currently an interim government, but it will be dissolved by October 28, or new elections must be called by January 19 at the latest.
Sinn Fein won a historic majority for the first time in Northern Ireland’s history in May, with new Prime Minister Liz Truss less than two months away from triggering new legislation in the House of Lords. election.
Sinn Fein Vice President Michelle O’Neil urged Ms Truss to ‘stop facilitating the destructive and selfish boycott of government by the DUP…to end their outrageous and reckless threats against international law and return at the negotiating table to negotiate with the EU”.
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Other EU leaders also offered their congratulations while alluding to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Marros Sefkovic, the EU’s head of relations with the UK, wrote: “A positive relationship between the EU and the UK is of strategic importance,
“I am ready to work intensively and constructively with my new British interlocutors to move this partnership forward, in full respect of our agreement.”
French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Ms Truss, writing: “The British people are our friend and the British nation is our ally. Let’s continue to work together to defend our common interests.
EU officials have little expectation that relations between the bloc and Britain will improve under the new prime minister.
“The desire here is to improve the situation and have a more constructive relationship, but I don’t think anyone is holding their breath,” a diplomat said.
German MEP David McAllister, who chairs the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said the protocol was “essential”.
He said: “The EU aspires to have a stable and positive relationship with the UK based on our agreements, which are negotiated, signed and ratified jointly by the EU and the UK.
“Promoting the practical implementation of Irish and Northern Ireland protocol is essential.”