Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Brexit LIVE: Boris Johnson Talks With EU 'Are Dead' After Explosive Merkel Phone Call

Brexit LIVE: Boris Johnson Talks With EU 'Are Dead' After Explosive Merkel Phone Call
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A BREXIT deal between the UK and European Union is “essentially impossible, not just now but for ever” following an explosive phone call between Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel this morning.

The Prime Minister and German Chancellor spoke on the telephone earlier this morning, with Ms Merkel saying there could only be a deal if Northern Ireland stays in the customs union but if not, then a deal is “overwhelmingly unlikely”.

A Downing Street source said: 

The call with Merkel showed the EU has adopted a new position. She made clear a deal is overwhelmingly unlikely and she thinks the EU has a veto on us leaving the customs union.

“Merkel said that if Germany wanted to leave the EU they could do it no problem but the UK cannot leave without leaving Northern Ireland behind in the customs union and in full alignment forever.

“She said that Ireland is the government’s special problem and Ireland must at least have a veto on Northern Ireland leaving.

“Merkel said that the Prime Minister should tell northern Ireland that it must stay in full alignment forever, but that even this would not eliminate customs issues.

“It was a very useful clarifying moment in al sorts of ways. If this represents a new established position, then it means a deal is essentially impossible, not just now but for ever.

“It also made clear that they are willing to torpedo the good Friday Agreement.”

BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg tweeted the Number 10 source said Mr Johnson stressed to Ms Merkel the UK had put forward a reasonable new deal, but there had been no desire from the EU to engage.

She added the source said “talks in Brussels are close to breaking down, despite the fact the UK has moved a long way”.


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