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

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

Labour said the Prime Minister was guilty of a "cynical" attempt to "sabotage" the talks, saying his strategy had always been to pursue a no-deal break.

Mr Coveney, speaking after his government announced a "Brexit budget" to absorb the impact of a no-deal exit, said a disorderly Brexit would be the UK's choice, not Europe's.

Mr Johnson spoke to the German chancellor at 8am on Tuesday, but the call saw no progress on the issue of Northern Ireland's status after Brexit and the Irish border.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman confirmed that there had been a "frank exchange" of views with the German chancellor, but refused to be drawn any further on the "source" claims.

He has said he would abide by the law but Britain would leave the European Union by the end of the month, without explaining that contradiction.

Referring to Mr Johnson's plans to replace the contentious border backstop, Mr Coveney said: "We thought that offer was a big step forward in a number of areas, but clearly, particularly in the customs area and in the consent and consultation area in the context of Northern Ireland, there was significantly more work needed".

The Spectator magazine quoted an unidentified source in Downing Street as saying that Britain would take an aggressive stance towards the European Union if Brexit talks break down, possibly even by withholding security cooperation.

"Those who support delay will go to the bottom of the queue".

The government did not deny the report in the Spectator, which also said Boris Johnson "will do all sorts of things to scupper a delay" to leaving the EU.

A No 10 source has been quoted as blaming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for the ongoing impasse, accusing him of rowing back on private commitments to compromise.

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"It reveals that there doesn't appear to be an actual plan at all", she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"And I urgently would ask the Prime Minister to take control of this and give us some clarity and some dignity and diplomacy on what is taking place".

"Boris Johnson will never take responsibility for his own failure to put forward a credible deal".

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Rt Hon Michael Gove MP said:It is the top priority of this Government, and principal focus of my job, to get ready for Brexit on 31 October with or without a deal.

However DUP leader Arlene Foster said Mrs Merkel's reported comments showed the true objective of the EU and the Dublin was to permanently "trap" Northern Ireland in a customs union.

The source says she repeated "forever" on "multiple occasions".

The United Kingdom had to leave the European Union last March 31, after 52 percent of Britons voted in favor of Brexit in the 2016 referendum, but the House of Commons refusal to support the withdrawal treaty signed by the then Prime Minister Theresa May forced to postpone the date, first for April, and then for October 31.

She told a briefing in Brussels: "We want a deal".

"No UK government could ever concede such a surrender".

The Institute of Fiscal Studies warned on Tuesday that the debt of the United Kingdom would reach the highest levels since the 60s of last century, if the country leaves the block without any agreement.

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