Liz Truss will meet three other world leaders, including her Irish counterpart, as hundreds of dignitaries from around the world descend on London to pay their respects to the queen.
Talks may be haphazard, described by No 10 as chats rather than formal bilateral sessions, but the Prime Minister’s meeting with Taoiseach Michael Martin comes against the backdrop of political tensions over post-Brexit trade deals.
He was supposed to meet US President Joe Biden, a milestone in his first premiership, but the talks were canceled on Saturday, with a “full bilateral meeting” scheduled for Wednesday instead, when they are expected to be in New York for the United Nations Assembly. general.
In addition to Mr. Martin, Ms. Truss will meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Polish President Andrzej Duda in Downing Street on Sunday.
The weekend talks with world leaders are framed by no. 10 as conversations to offer condolences for the queen’s death, during which politics is likely to manifest.
Mr. Martin has briefly met Ms. Truss in person since she became Prime Minister earlier this month.
They were seated side by side during a funeral service for the Queen at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast on Tuesday.
The meeting with Martin comes as Britain is expected to push through legislation to give ministers the power to demolish parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which was jointly agreed by the UK and the EU in order to avoid a border. physicist on the island of Ireland.
Both the EU and Ireland say Britain’s move to unilaterally review the post-Brexit treaty would violate international law.
The issue is expected to rise before the deadline in late October to form a new Northern Ireland executive, which the DUP has so far blocked in protest against the protocol.
The Prime Minister kicked off his meetings with world leaders on Saturday, speaking to his New Zealand and Australian counterparts.
The talks took place at the government’s country residence in Chevening, rather than Checkers, which is said to be undergoing routine maintenance after Boris Johnson’s exit.
Ms. Truss will also have an audience with the king at Buckingham Palace on Sunday, before attending his reception for visiting heads of state.
At 8 pm, he will observe a minute of silence with the country to mourn the death of the queen and reflect on her life and her legacy.
People were invited to celebrate the occasion in private at home, on the doorstep or on the street, or at community events and vigils.