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It will take more than an icy stumble to knock EU’s ‘Mr Brexit’ Sefcovic off course on North trade deal

John Downing


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EU Brexit negotiator Maros Sefcovic stumbles as Britain's Brexit chief Liz Truss, Europe Minister of State Christopher Heaton and Northern Secretary Brandon Lewis react. Photo: Ben Stansall/Reuters

EU Brexit negotiator Maros Sefcovic stumbles as Britain's Brexit chief Liz Truss, Europe Minister of State Christopher Heaton and Northern Secretary Brandon Lewis react. Photo: Ben Stansall/Reuters

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EU Brexit negotiator Maros Sefcovic stumbles as Britain's Brexit chief Liz Truss, Europe Minister of State Christopher Heaton and Northern Secretary Brandon Lewis react. Photo: Ben Stansall/Reuters

Maros Sefcovic could do worse than look up the folkloric tale told to generations of English schoolchildren about how William the Conqueror fell as he landed to invade Britain in 1066.

The story goes that the Norman leader had the presence of mind to calm his troops’ superstitious fears by grabbing sand and stones and announcing he had “seized this land”.


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