The lack of political rhetoric, occasioned by the death of the Queen, could avert a difficult meeting with Biden on the sidelines of next week’s funeral and in a potential bilateral with Liz Truss in the US next week.
The letter to the EU comes two months after the European Commission launched four infringement proceedings, accusing London of failing to comply with the application of the customs checks and risk controls on the movement of goods into Northern Ireland. It also accused the UK of failing to implement VAT rules or to follow the notification procedures on alcohol duties.
The four proceedings followed three separate legal suits issued the previous month by Brussels.
Legal proceedings began in March 2021 when the former Brexit minister Lord Frost first unilaterally suspended Brexit checks on farm produce and other goods.
Brussels is now expected to push ahead with the legal process but, like the UK, will pursue a twin-track approach aimed at finding a negotiated solution.