Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise

Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise

Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise

By / World News / Wednesday, 09 October 2019 06:46

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday that his Brexit plan was doomed to fail without further compromise on the Irish border issue, a Downing Street source said.

In a phone call, Merkel warned the British leader that a deal was “overwhelmingly unlikely” unless he dropped his opposition to keeping British-run Northern Ireland in the European Union’s customs union.

But Johnson has repeatedly said he will not shift on the issue, pointing to a collapse in the negotiations just weeks before Britain’s scheduled EU exit on October 31.

In Berlin, a spokesman for the German government confirmed to AFP the two leaders had spoken but said he would not comment on the content of the call.

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

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