Angela Merkel warns UK Brexit deal 'unlikely' without compromise

Cheryl Sanders
October 9, 2019

Leave.EU was forced to delete its post after ministers such as Michael Gove criticised its "racist or demeaning language".

Boris Johnson (right) with EU Council President Donald Tusk (left).

Nevertheless European Council president Donald Tusk accused Mr Johnson of jeopardising the future security of the EU and the United Kingdom and indulging in a 'silly blame sport'.

However Varadkar later instructed broadcaster RTE he thought it might be "very hard to secure an agreement by next week". "And of course it isn't really".

Mr Johnson says he will obey the law but will not ask for a delay.

Ms Barley responded: "The European Parliament definitely would".

The bloc says the proposals - which would require customs checks on some goods moving between Northern Ireland and Ireland - don't fulfill the UK's commitment to a frictionless Irish border. "His strategy from day one has been for a no-deal Brexit".

United Kingdom government spokesman, James Slack, described the phone conversation as a "frank exchange" and denied Tusk's characterization.

As chances of a breakthrough before next week's crucial European Union summit recede, Varadkar says fundamental objectives haven't changed and that Ireland can't accept a deal at any cost. This means that Boris Johnson would head to the crunch European Union summit on 17 October without a deal in place.

The BBC's Europe editor Katya Adler said it was "no secret" Berlin found the UK's proposed new customs solution for Northern Ireland problematic.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold talks with his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar later this week in a last ditch attempt to avoid a no-deal Brexit, a Downing Street spokesman said here on Tuesday.

The Tánaiste, Simon Coveney also moved to dismiss what he called the "misinformation" circulating about the Brexit process. "Both sides strongly reiterated their desire to reach a Brexit deal", a Downing Street spokesman said.

But Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told MPs the government was "intent on collapsing the talks and engaging in a reckless blame game".

"This shows that there is a recognition that there isn't a substantive breakthrough in the Brexit talks", he said. "We'll either leave with no deal on 31 October or there will be an election and then we will leave with no deal".

The Institute for Fiscal Studies think-tank, however, warned that "even a relatively benign no-deal Brexit" would see Britain's debt burden surge to 50-year highs.

But Brussels fears handing Northern Ireland "consent" would give Johnson's allies, the Democratic Unionist Party, a veto.

Timeline: What's happening ahead of Brexit deadline? The monarch will conduct a state opening of a new session of parliament next Monday.

On Tuesday, the federal government suspended the legislature from Wednesday till October 14, when Queen Elizabeth II will set out its legislative home agenda. This is the last such meeting now scheduled before the Brexit deadline.

Campaigners argued that leaving a ruling until after October 19 would cause "massive" legal uncertainty; to wait until the deadline had passed would spark serious administrative and practical obstacles to enacting a legal remedy ahead of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal on October 31. But any new accord would not be passed by the European Union parliament "at any price", he added, stressing it would not approve of one that did not uphold the Good Friday Agreement.

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