News | Published October 08 2019

No 10 source: Brexit deal "overwhelmingly unlikely"

Following a call between Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel, a No 10 source has said that a Brexit deal is “essentially impossible”.

Having spoken with the German chancellor regarding the government's proposals for the EU, the source deemed a deal based upon them would be "overwhelmingly unlikely".

Merkel stipulated to Johnson that a deal could not occur unless Northern Ireland were to remain within the customs union.

The source continued "talks in Brussels are close to breaking down, despite the fact that the UK has moved a long way."

This was furthered with the consideration that if the deal were to die in the “next few days, then it won't be revived".

The government had previously announced the state of talks with the EU, warning of a breakdown before the end of the week.

The BBC were informed by a government official that the EU had not been willing to "budge one centimetre" after the prime minister gave his proposals last week.

This announcement follows leaked information from the European Commission, which highlighted concerns regarding the Brexit proposals.

Johnson’s central focus is to replace the backstop, previously negotiated by Theresa May, to prevent a hard border in Ireland.

The prime minister has promised that the UK will leave the EU on October 31, irrespective of the status of the deal.

However, legislation passed in September demands that Johnson requests a further delay if a deal is no signed off by parliament by October 19.

Amber Rudd, a former Conservative cabinet minister, who resigned earlier this month due to the governmental response to Brexit, stated that the language which had been used by Johnson was "angry and desperate” and encouraged him to resolve the issue with "dignity and diplomacy".

The cabinet will meet this morning prior to the final day of parliamentary operations, before it is prorogued until October 14.

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
October 08 2019

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