Angela Merkel warns UK Brexit deal 'unlikely' without compromise

Daniel Fowler
October 9, 2019

Neil Wilson of the financial trading company Markets.com said: "We are now heading towards the revoke versus no deal showdown". A spokesman for Merkel's office declined to comment on confidential conversations. Merkel is well aware of the blame game which Downing Street has started, but doesn't intend to enter it, a German official said under the condition of anonymity.

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". It said the two leaders hoped to meet in person later this week.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, from the anti-Brexit Scottish National Party (SNP), accused the United Kingdom government of attempting "to shift the blame for the Brexit fiasco to anyone but themselves".

It was a rhetorical question anyhow, since Tusk had already analyzed recent British behavior when it came to Brexit and decided that Johnson mainly wanted to head for the EU's exit door as soon as possible and pile all the blame for fraught negotiations heading toward failure onto Tusk and the EU.

The Irish government published a 2020 spending plan with a $1.95 billion relief fund based on the assumption that there will be no agreement.

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.

On the markets, the pound slipped to its lowest value against the euro in about a month.

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, European Union, addresses the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in NY.

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Mr Mr Johnson, who took over from Theresa May in July, has been accused of political manoeuvring before calling a snap general election to strengthen his position in parliament. The officials added that if Ms. Merkel's concerns "represent a new established position, then it means a deal is essentially impossible, not just now but ever".

On Tuesday, the government suspended the legislature from Wednesday until October 14, when Queen Elizabeth II will set out the government's legislative domestic agenda.

Both sides have agreed there must be no checks or infrastructure along the border between European Union member Ireland and the UK's Northern Ireland.

The German leader also reportedly told her British counterpart that she thinks the EU has a veto on Britain leaving the customs union.

A Number 10 source told The Spectator they would make it clear in public and in private that the interference is not welcome, and any attempt to delay is pointless as Britain will leave regardless on 31 October. How people and goods will move across the Irish border is the main sticking point to a deal.

The same source also warned that European Union countries which were against further delays to Brexit would "go to the front of the queue for future cooperation".

BREXIT BLAME GAME An array of remarks by unidentified British sources laid bare just how far apart the two sides are after three years of tortuous haggling over the first departure of a sovereign state from the EU. 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.

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