DUP join the 'blame game' as relations with European Union sour

DUP join the 'blame game' as relations with European Union sour”

Coveney also said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's recent Brexit proposal was a "step forward" in the negotiation process, despite the terrible press surrounding it, and insisted that both countries need to work tirelessly to find a solution.

Jean-Claude Juncker went on to say that if negotiations fail, "the explanation will be found in the British camp" adding: 'The original sin is found on the islands and not on the continent'.

Irish leader Leo Varadkar said Ireland and the European Union would not accept an agreement at "any cost".

Merkel said that for a deal, Northern Ireland would have to stay in the EU's customs union and full alignment with the EU forever, the source said.

'There are some fundamental objectives that haven't changed for the past three years and we need them guaranteed, ' he told RTE news.

"Merkel said that if Germany wanted to leave the EU they could do it no problem but the United Kingdom cannot leave without leaving Northern Ireland behind in a customs union and in full alignment forever". But European Council president Donald Tusk accused the Tory leader of jeopardising the future of both Europe and the UK.

Mr Tusk, who has previously spoken of a "special place in hell" for those who promoted Brexit without a plan, took aim at Mr Johnson in an angry tweet yesterday.

European leaders will gather for a summit next week which will be Mr Johnson's last chance to secure a deal.

I thought this was obvious? But, under English law, he also is required to seek an extension if he doesn't have a deal by October 19 - something that may still force him to seek a delay and hold a general election before going back to Brussels again.

Mr Sassoli later told the BBC's Newsnight programme: "Angela Merkel's opinions must be taken seriously". He said it was unacceptable for Northern Ireland to stay in the customs union and that Johnson had told Merkel that the United Kingdom had made a significant offer and that it was time for the EU compromise.

"Because we understand that going out without an agreement leads to having a real problem, if not a real catastrophe".

It is then down to MPs to decide whether this is the moment to try and oust him with a vote of no confidence, or whether to trust that the so-called Benn Act gets them the Brexit delay they want.

"This government will not negotiate further so any delay would be totally pointless", the source was quoted as saying.

Downing Street sources accused Mrs Merkel of torpedoing a Brexit deal by insisting that Northern Ireland remained in the customs union indefinitely.

Hardball tactics from No 10 even alarmed some ministers, after sources warned Britain could break off security co-operation with the European Union if it was prevented from leaving on October 31. "Supporting delay will be seen by this Government as hostile interference in domestic politics, and over half of the public will agree with us".

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

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