Angela Merkel warns UK Brexit deal 'unlikely' without compromise

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

At the heart of Tuesday's political drama was an early morning phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Johnson, regarding the UK's suggestion to have two borders around Northern Ireland - turning the existing (invisible) border with the Republic of Ireland, an European Union member, into a formal customs border (albeit with physical checks and infrastructure some distance from the border itself), with a regulatory border in the Irish Sea, allowing Northern Ireland to remain in the EU's "single market".

The EU has been consistent in saying that in a no-deal scenario, the questions over citizens' rights, Britain's divorce bill and the Irish border will need to be sorted out before discussions over the future trading relationship begins.

Since Johnson's appointment as prime minister, European Union officials have privately acknowledged that the British government's strategy is to pin responsibility for a no-deal Brexit onto them.

Britain has been trying for more than three years to find a way to deliver on the result of a 2016 referendum and end its nearly five-decade involvement in the European project.

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. Johnson has been rushing to strike a deal ahead of the October 31 deadline for leaving the bloc.

In Berlin, Ms Merkel's office said it would not comment "on such confidential discussions".

Neither the German chancellery nor the European Commission confirmed the contents of the Johnson-Merkel call.

But he told reporters the pair had a "frank exchange" - diplomatic speak for a disagreement.

"Boris Johnson, what's at stake is not winning some stupid blame game", he wrote on Twitter.

Talks between Frost and junior European Union officials were to begin later Tuesday, then chief European Union negotiator Michel Barnier was to meet Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney in the evening.

Mr Johnson will hope to gain concessions from his Irish counterpart Mr Varadkar during in-person talks anticipated later this week.

Climate change protests snarl up central London, 135 arrested
Extinction Rebellion's Toronto chapter shuts down the Bloor Street Viaduct bridge in a climate change demonstration on Monday. In Paris , 1,000 activists backed by the yellow-vest anti-government movement have reportedly occupied a shopping centre.

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

Johnson, meanwhile, has urged the bloc to compromise.

The call came as the Government released its latest readiness plans for a no-deal Brexit, including a commitment for a "significant increase" in border agents and a new helpline to aid businesses prepare for the UK's exit from the bloc.

On Tuesday, Britain published more details of its plans for a scenario where there is no deal.

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

Lord Pentland said following an earlier hearing that there could be "no doubt" that the prime minister had agreed to abide by the law.

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.

Johnson unveiled his new plan last week aimed at keeping Britain's border with European Union member Ireland free-flowing after Brexit - a crucial issue in the divorce talks between Brussels and London.

They said the United Kingdom was not willing to move away from the principle of providing a consent mechanism for Northern Ireland or the plan for leaving the customs union, and if the EU did not accept those principles, "that will be that" and the plan moving forward would be an "obstructive" strategy towards Brussels.

"It also made clear that they are willing to torpedo the Good Friday Agreement".

Related News:



Most liked

Explosion at Oktoberfest celebration in California injures 5
Firefighters had been initially referred to as to the scene for a reported electrical hearth within the underground vault. The Huntington Beach Fire Department received news of the explosion at 7561 Center Ave.at 8:10 p.m., a dispatcher said.

14 yr old boy dies after assault outside Hamilton high school
The 14-year-old victim, whose identity has not been revealed, was a student at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. His mother was on-site and witnessed the attack on her son, but police declined to say why she was there.

Alec Baldwin, family scammed by bogus tour operator
What Alec Baldwin thought were five tickets for the Statue of Liberty ended up being for a New Jersey-bound shuttle bus. It's a bit of a wonder a long-timer New Yorker like Baldwin would fall for such a cliche tourist con job.

Huge Typhoon Could Threaten Ireland’s Chances Of Reaching Quarter-Finals
It is forecast to weaken before it makes landfall, but the Japan Meteorological Agency still expects it to be "very strong". Hagibis is now classed as "violent" - the JMA's highest classification, with gusts as strong as 270 kilometres per hour.

Pres. Trump: I stand with the great police officers of Minneapolis
His campaign said the "bogus security charges" are an attempt to prevent Minneapolis residents from supporting Trump. The Campaign can not be in breach of an obligation it does not owe to AEG.

Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal back in Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka T20Is
Notably, a decade ago, the touring Sri Lankan team was attacked by terrorists in Lahore, leaving a few players injured. He was removed in the 45th over, bowled by pacer Mohammad Amir who was the best bowler for the hosts with 3/50.

Anthony Mantha Explodes For Four Goals Sunday Night
The Wings offense has started the season without a 30 goal scorer in Andreas Athanasiou . 2, Dallas, Seguin 1 (Oleksiak), 16:49. Calvin Pickard stopped 35 shots in the victory. "It was a really nice play", Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said.

Australia defeat Sri Lanka in first women’s ODI
Udeshika Prabodhani was the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets in her 9 overs giving away just 46 runs. Captain Meg Lanning won the toss and elected to bat first on a handsome day for cricket in Brisbane.

Apple opens iPhone 6s power issue fix program
The iPhone 11 is the update to last year's iPhone XR, which was Apple's attempt at delivering an affordable iPhone. You would have to buy a fast charger separately for the iPhone 11 as it comes with a traditional 5 watts charger.

PS5 Will Feature AMD-Accelerated Ray Tracing — Sony
Back in April, Wired reported that the PS5 was a working title and unveiled a few speculated features about the console. And it sounds like it will be a significant upgrade over its predecessor, just as the DualShock 4 was for the PS4.

Hong Kong ‘won’t rule out’ Chinese help over protests, says Carrie Lam
USA skateboard brand Vans is facing a Hong Kong boycott after it removed a protest-inspired shoe from a design competition. Authorities said the shootings were not intentional but occurred during skirmishes between police and protesters.

Google gives its Android office apps a fresher, more consistent look
This Android vulnerability has been given the "zero-day' status and has allowed hackers to exploit at least eighteen smartphones". From various Google apps like Duo and Play Books to Gmail , Google has been getting dark mode rolled out to users worldwide.

Giuliani will not cooperate with House impeachment inquiry
Giuliani has stated that he shared all of the details of his conversations with Yermak with the State Department. Giuliani the opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to inform the committee of his concerns".

Alex Trebek says cancer treatment may mean his retirement from 'Jeopardy!'
The Mayo Clinic says pancreatic cancer generally "spreads rapidly to nearby organs". So we're back on the chemo and we'll see if the numbers go down.

Amazon Fire HD 10 updated with improved battery life and performance
Amazon is also expanding its FreeTime Unlimited service to the Fire TV stick, and eventually the Fire TV Edition smart TVs . Along with the new Kindle , Amazon has also announced another new gadget in the form of the refreshed Fire HD 10 .