Brexit deal declared impossible, Germany faces funding the EU alone

Following what was described to EU Today as a 'fraught' telephone call this morning (Oct 8th), UK Prime Minster Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel fell out over the controversial 'Irish Backstop'.

During the 30-minute call the German leader stated that the province must remain within the EU's customs union indefinitely. Johnson, however, retorted that her position meant a deal was 'essentially impossible, not just now but ever'. 

A Downing Street source said the call - which effectively reads the last rites on hopes for an agreement before next week's EU summit - was a 'clarifying moment'. Mr Johnson now appears certain to boycott the gathering, heralding another low in relations.

In an extremely powerful and unexpected statement a UK government official said The EU 'has made clear that they are willing to torpedo the Good Friday Agreement.'  This would, or course, threaten the peace deal that currently holds firm between Irish Republican terrorists and the UK government.

One UK source, believed to be Dominic Cummings, has claimed overnight that the government will make clear that any EU country supporting a delay to the October 31st Brexit deadline would be engaging in 'hostile interference' in British politics.  

The comments from the German Chancellor to the Prime Minister that Northern Ireland must remain in the EU Customs Union forever now reveal the real objective of Dublin and the European Union. What happens next in the Brexit crisis? ...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 crazy. No UK Government could ever concede such a surrender.

DUP leader Arlene Foster

The German Chancellor, whose tenure is clearly coming to an end, is said to be increasingly reliant on the advice of her ally Norbert Rottgen, the chair of the Bundestag's Foreign Affairs Committee and an advocate of what might be delicately described as a 'more assertive German foreign policy'.

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Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright is publishing editor of EU Today.

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He also has more than 10 years experience of working as a staff member in the EU institutions, working with political groups and MEPs in various policy areas.

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