Truss and VDL pose awkwardly after cringeworthy exchange during first crunch Brexit talks

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Liz Truss and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen awkwardly posed for pictures as they met for crunch Brexit talks.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

It is the first time Ms Truss and Ms von der Leyen have met since the UK politician took over from Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

Frictions over the Northern Ireland Protocol, which have dominated the relationship between the UK and EU post-Brexit, were planned to be high on the agenda.

In an awkward exchange at the start of the meeting, Ms Truss said “it’s very nice to see you,” as they sat down to talk.

The European Commission president gave a slight nod and smiled in response.

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