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WHAT EU PLAYING AT! Labour Takes Brussels Side In ‘No Deal’ Brexit Row

DOWNING Street has accused Brussels of making it “impossible” for Britain to leave the European Union with a deal.

Following a call between Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel, a Number 10 source said the German Chancellor had made it clear that the EU had taken a “new position” following the tabling of the latest UK plan last week.

“She made clear a deal is overwhelmingly unlikely and she thinks the EU has a veto on us leaving the customs union,” the source, quoted by Sky News, said.

Mrs Merkel is said to have told the Prime Minister that Northern Ireland is the UK’s “special problem” and that the Irish Republic must at least have a veto on it leaving the customs union.

“It was a very useful clarifying moment in all sorts of ways,” the source said. “If this represents a new established position, then it means a deal is essentially impossible, not just now but ever.

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

Labour, however, took Brussels side in the row and claimed it was a “cynical attempt” by Number 10 to “sabotage” negotiations.

European Council president Donald Tusk hit back at Number 10, accusing Mr Johnson of engaging in a “stupid blame game”.

“Boris Johnson, what’s at stake is not winning some stupid blame game,” he tweeted.

“At stake is the future of Europe and the UK as well as the security and interests of our people.

“You don’t want a deal, you don’t want an extension, you don’t want to revoke, quo vadis?”

U leaders have so far refused to engage on the latest UK plan which would see the return of customs controls on the island of Ireland – although the Government has said they would take place well away from the border – insisting it cannot form the basis of a deal.

Mrs Merkel was said to have told the Prime Minister that the UK could not leave the EU without leaving Northern Ireland behind in a customs union.

The latest comments from Downing Street follow a warning that negotiations with Brussels to enable Britain to leave at the end of October with a deal would “probably” end this week.

A Number 10 source told The Spectator political editor James Forsyth that Irish Premier Leo Varadkar was no longer prepared to talk, preferring to “gamble” on a second referendum to overturn the 2016 vote.

The source also said there were “all sorts of ways” they could scupper the Benn Act, which requires Mr Johnson to seek a fresh Brexit extension if he cannot get an agreement by October 19.

The source said that, if any EU government supported a further delay, it would be treated as an act of “hostile interference” with UK politics.

“We will make clear, privately and publicly, that countries which oppose delay will go the front of the queue for future co-operation – co-operation on things both within and outside EU competences,” the source said.

“Those who support delay will go to the bottom of the queue. Supporting delay will be seen by this Government as hostile interference in domestic politics, and over half of the public will agree with us.”

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  1. Richard

    October 9, 2019 at 14:30

    The sooner we are out of this corrupt political dictatorship, the EU, the better. As for stupid Starmer and the so-called Labour Party along with all the other fraudsters of MPs, the sooner we have a general election and the cesspit they have created over the years, more so since that dick head Starmer was parachuted in by Toxic Tony Bliar, the sooner the cesspit can be thoroughly flushed and cleansed of this bunch lying, thieving, fraudsters and traitors to the UK, the better. We have got to be out of this corrupt political German Dictatorship by no later than 31st October, regardless of what ancient laws Johnson uses top totally snooker the Surrender Act and all of these corrupt, lying, thieving, fraudsters and traitors to the UK. If it does not happen, then there will be riots on the streets and all of these scum MPs had better go into hiding very rapidly, because they will be held to account one way or another. As for the EU, Northern Ireland has been the plan all the way through and was first revealed by Martyn Selmayr, Merkel’s side kick.

  2. Richard

    October 9, 2019 at 14:35

    Starmer is Toxic Tony Bliars puppet. He is owned body and soul by Bliar because it was Bliar that got him his QC, it was Bliar that got him the DPP, it was Bliar that instructed the NEC to install Starmer into an ultra safe seat, it was Bliar that instructed the PP to promote Starmer into the Shadow Front Bench and as a Shadow Spokesperson for the EU, despite Starmer not having one shred of experience as an MP, he leapfrogged those with years of experience that would have been doing a far more competent job. If a Judge can tell him to get out of his Court because he is incompetent, then that stands for life, the label of incompetence remains for life.

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