LIZ Truss is set to risk a trade war with the EU by letting Belfast blow up the Brexit border deal.
The Foreign Secretary, with one eye on the Tory leadership, is preparing for battle with Brussels.
She has paved the way for Northern Ireland to defy Eurocrats and ditch hated red tape.
Angry DUP chiefs are ready to order within days an end to EU checks on goods arriving from Britain.
That would enrage Brussels, which would tell No 10 to reimpose controls or face the threat of trade reprisals.
But Ms Truss dropped a heavy hint last night that she will side with Belfast in the brewing cross-Channel row, insisting she wants “significant progress” by February 21