Anger as London tries to blame Merkel for collapse in Brexit talks

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But many in the European Union - and in Britain - are skeptical that Britain will leave the bloc that day, because the U.K. Parliament has passed a law compelling the government to ask the European Union for a delay to Brexit if no deal is agreed upon by October 19.

They said the United Kingdom was not willing to move away from the principle of providing a consent mechanism for Northern Ireland, or the plan for leaving the customs union, and if the EU did not accept those principles, "that will be that" and the plan moving forward would be an "obstructive" strategy towards Brussels.

Ms Merkel said that for a deal, Northern Ireland would have to stay in the EU's customs union and full alignment with the EU forever, the source said.

It added that "if this represents a new established position, then it means a deal is essentially impossible not just now but ever".

Another German MP, Franziska Brantner, simply said: 'Take that!'.

"At stake is the future of Europe and the United Kingdom as well as the security and interests of our people". "You don't want a deal, you don't want an extension, you don't want to revoke, quo vadis?" - a Latin phrase meaning "where are you going?"

The European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said if the talks fail it will be Britain's fault because: 'The original sin is on the islands and not on the continent.' Berlin refused to comment on the call but Mrs Merkel's party accused No.10 of betraying the German leader's trust and spinning her words. None of us want to have a prime minister who is facing contempt of court proceedings. I would expect him to make a statement about all this later today.

Johnson, meanwhile, has urged the bloc to compromise.

Pressured by Brexit jitters, the pound fell 0.5% to $1.2226.

DUP leader Arlene Foster accused Dublin and Brussels of trying to "trap" Northern Ireland in a customs union.

"What's at stake is not winning some stupid blame game", Tusk wrote in a tweet directed at the prime minister.


The UK government has put forward nothing credible to deal with border issues in Ireland.

Later the Tanaiste said the Republic would not be pressurised into accepting Mr Johnson's Brexit deal.

However, Keir Starmer, the Brexit spokesperson for the main opposition Labour Party, said that "this is yet another cynical attempt by Number 10 to sabotage the negotiations", arguing that Johnson's "strategy from day one has been for a no-deal Brexit".

"The Prime Minister set out how there is little time remaining to negotiate a new agreement, and so we need to move quickly and work together to agree a deal".

Campaigners argue that leaving a court 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 crashing out of the European Union by automatic operation of law on October 31.

With efforts to get a deal by the end of the month on an apparent knife edge, Mr Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar have said they hope to meet later in the week.

The next general election isn't due until 2022, and Johnson has tried to trigger one twice in September, but the opposition refused to support the motions, fearing that his victory would enable him to take Britain of the European Union without a deal.

His downbeat assessment came just hours after Angela Merkel told the Prime Minister that his plan to replace the Irish backstop was unacceptable to the EU.

Earlier, a No. 10 source warned negotiations with Brussels could collapse and blamed Mr Varadkar for refusing to engage.

Riding a wave of British frustrations with the saga, Johnson is threatening to leave at any cost - with or without a withdrawal deal - on October 31.

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