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Johnson accuses European Union of making it impossible to leave with a deal

Johnson accuses European Union of making it impossible to leave with a deal”

And Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "The UK government's attempt to shift the blame for the Brexit fiasco to anyone but themselves - today it's Merkel - is pathetically transparent".

Sterling fell to a three-week low against the euro on Tuesday as concerns lingered that sizeable differences between Britain and the European Union remained with less than a month left to strike a Brexit withdrawal deal before the October 31 deadline.

Following a call between Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel, a Number 10 source said the German Chancellor had made it clear that the European Union had taken a "new position" following the tabling of the latest United Kingdom plan last week.

Donald Tusk has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson accusing him of playing a "stupid blame game" over Brexit.

Downing Street is preparing for a breakdown in talks with the European Union over Brexit this week, according to leaked texts from No 10.

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.

"I suspect there are different views in the British system, some hardline, some wanting a deal and all I can say is that there is an ongoing conversation in Brussels and they want to contribute to that in a constructive way to try and find an outcome here that protects everybody".

Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith tweeted that "any threat on withdrawing security co-operation with Ireland is unacceptable".

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

However, EU leaders have so far refused to enter into detailed discussions on the plan, saying it does not represent the basis for a new Brexit settlement.

"The negotiations will probably end this week", the Spectator magazine quoted an unidentified source in Downing Street as saying.

"We won't engage in further talks, we obviously won't given any undertakings about co-operative behaviour, everything to do with "duty of honest cooperation" will be in the toilet", the source said.

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

A Number 10 source said the German Chancellor had made it clear that the European Union had taken a "new position" following the tabling of the latest United Kingdom plan last week.

"However, that deal can not come at any cost".

Sterling dropped by 0.75 per cent against the single currency to €1.112 and fell 0.6 percent against the dollar on Tuesday as the prospect of a no deal Brexit begins to become a reality.

The 1998 agreement ushered in 20 years of relative peace and stability on the island of Ireland.

"If it happens, it will be a decision made by the British Government".

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

"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", she said.

She said: "No UK Government could ever concede such a surrender".



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