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UK’s Johnson tells Merkel a Brexit deal is ‘essentially’ impossible

UK’s Johnson tells Merkel a Brexit deal is ‘essentially’ impossible”

However, according to a leaked memo from Downing Street published by the Spectator on Monday, Johnson's government is preparing for the talks to collapse this week and for a no-deal scenario.

"What we're saying to our friends is (that) this is a very generous, fair and reasonable offer we've made".

Earlier today, Mr Johnson said: "We will study any judgements very closely as we always do. What we'd like to hear from you now is what your thoughts are", Johnson told reporters. The UK is yet to reach a withdrawal agreement with just three weeks to go before Brexit.

The bloc says the proposals don't meet the U.K.'s commitment to a frictionless border, because there would have to be customs checks on some goods, and because the arrangement would be subject to review by politicians in Northern Ireland.

But Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said after meeting Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay that "important questions still remain".

Johnson began phoning European leaders this weekend to sell his proposals, but has so far received scant encouragement for a deal based around them.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk has also accused Johnson of not taking the negotiations seriously enough and playing "some stupid blame game".

Many British lawmakers believe a no-deal Brexit would be economically devastating and socially destabilizing, and are determined to prevent it.

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One political commentator said it now seems a case of who gives in first, London or Brussels, in the quest to end the Brexit deadlock.

A new Brexit proposal he outlined last Wednesday aimed at avoiding a hard border between European Union members Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland after Brexit has been received poorly in Brussels.

Talks will continue Tuesday in Brussels, British sources confirmed after hours of intensive talks Monday.

At this point, Brussels appears to be hedging its bets that Mr Johnson will be forced to seek an extension, making an agreement this week unlikely.

Lord Pentland, in his judgement at Scotland's highest civil court, the Court of Session, said that as the British government had told the court it would comply with the government order to seek an extension if needed, there was no need for a court ruling to force them to do it.

European Union leaders have demanded more "realism" from Britain in response to a Brexit plan proposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

He said "extrajudicial" statements could not be taken as "conclusive statements of the government's understanding of its legal obligations".

They wanted a judge to order that Mr Johnson had to send a letter to Brussels asking for the delay.



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