BREXIT TALKS ARE AT THE EDGE OF COLLAPSE AFTER MERKEL-JOHNSON CALL




İrem UZUN -TDO- Talks over a Brexit deal are on the brink of collapse, as a No 10 source said that Angela Merkel was making a deal impossible and Brussels accused Boris Johnson of trying to play a “stupid blame game”. A spokesman for Angela Merkel has confirmed that the German chancellor had a phone conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday, declining to give further details.

The row erupted after Johnson and Merkel had a phone conversation in which they could not find a common position over Northern Ireland. No 10 source said the German chancellor’s demands for Northern Ireland to remain in a customs union made a deal look “essentially impossible, not just now but ever”.

With just 23 days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the Union, the future of Brexit remains deeply uncertain as both London and Brussels positioned themselves to avoid blame for a delay or a disorderly no-deal Brexit. President of the European Council Donald Tusk sent a public tweet to Mr. Johnson, telling him "the future of Europe and the UK" was at stake.

Brussels sources said they did not recognize the comments attributed to Merkel as being the agreed policy of the EU. A European Commission spokeswoman insisted the EU was protecting the Good Friday agreement “in all its dimensions”. She said: “The EU position has not changed. We want a deal. We are working for a deal with the UK and in no circumstances will we accept that the EU wants to harm the Good Friday agreement. The purpose of our work is to protect it in all its dimensions and at all times.”