European Union brands Brexit deal 'essentially impossible'

European Union brands Brexit deal 'essentially impossible'

Arlene Foster, leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Union Party (DUP), said in a statement that "for the United Kingdom to be asked to leave a part of its sovereign territory in a foreign organisation of which the UK would no longer be a part and over which we would have no say whatsoever is beyond insane".

Unusually, Downing Street then provided a readout of what Merkel reportedly said, provoking an incendiary tweet from EU Council President Donald Tusk.

The opposition said Johnson was trying to apportion blame for the failure of the negotiating process.

"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 [where are you going]?'.

In Berlin, Merkel's office confirmed the chancellor spoke by telephone to Johnson but said it would not comment "on such confidential discussions".

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.

An unnamed cabinet minister cited by the newspaper said that a "very large number" of Conservative members of parliament will quit if it comes to a no-deal Brexit.

"We have examined the United Kingdom proposals to replace the original backstop and our response is that these are a long way from something to which the Parliament could agree".

Boris Johnson and his team attracted the ire of the EU over their reaction to a frosty phone call with Angela Merkel - the EU Council president telling them not to play a "stupid blame game".

"It was a very useful clarifying moment in all sorts of ways".

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"If this represents a new established position, then it means a deal is essentially impossible, not just now but ever", the source said.

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.

But the BBC's Adam Fleming said there was "scepticism" within the European Union that Mrs Merkel would have used such language.

Those who support further delays would "go to the bottom of the queue", including on security issues, the sourced added. "Supporting delay will be seen by this Government as hostile interference in domestic politics, and over half of the public will agree with us".

On Tuesday Mr. Johnson's office and several cabinet ministers blamed the European Union for the impasse, suggesting the bloc wasn't serious about negotiating or giving ground. "It reveals that there doesn't appear an actual plan at all".

"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".

Amid the dramatic escalation in the war of words between London and Brussels, there was apparent alarm among some United Kingdom ministers at the prospect the government could withdraw security cooperation with the European Union if the bloc fails to offer a new divorce deal before October 19.

"He then urged Michael Gove, the minister in charge of no-deal Brexit planning, to "pause and reflect on the deliberate dog whistle briefing" put out this morning by No 10 against Angela Merkel".

But EU officials said Mr. Johnson's proposals failed to address some of the bloc's long-held concerns.

"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", added the spokesperson.

"No UK government could ever concede such a surrender". "We are working for a deal with the U.K". "We have moved. It is now time for the European Union to move too".

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