PM’s call with Germany’s Chancellor Scholz

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The Prime Minister Liz Truss on a call inside the Cabinet room to the Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister Liz Truss spoke to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz last night.

The leaders discussed the energy challenges faced by the UK and its European partners as a result of Putin’s illegal war.

Both leaders agreed on the importance of energy resilience and independence.

The Prime Minister underlined the importance of ensuring democracy and freedom were upheld in Europe, and of protecting countries made vulnerable by Russia’s economic blackmail.

The UK and Germany were important economic partners, and the Prime Minister said she was keen to expand defence cooperation between the two countries.

Discussing the Northern Ireland Protocol, the Prime Minister was clear that her priority is protecting peace and stability in Northern Ireland and upholding the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. She stressed the importance of finding a solution to the fundamental problems with the text of the Protocol as it stands.

Total trade in goods and services (exports plus imports) between the UK and Germany was £115.6 billion in the four quarters to the end of Q1 2022, an increase of 4.2% or £4.6 billion from the four quarters to the end of Q1 2021.

Germany was the UK’s 2nd largest trading partner in the four quarters to the end of Q1 2022 accounting for 8.6% of total UK trade.

The Prime Minister said she looked forward to working closely with Chancellor Scholz in the coming months.

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