EU: UK play­ing stupid Brexit blame game

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Lon­don/Brus­sels: The EU ac­cused Bri­tain of play­ing a “stupid blame game” over Brexit on Tues­day af­ter a Down­ing Street source said a deal was es­sen­tially im­pos­si­ble be­cause Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel had made un­ac­cept­able de­mands.

With just 23 days be­fore the UK is due to leave the bloc, both Lon­don and Brus­sels have po­si­tioned them­selves to avoid blame for a de­lay or a dis­or­derly no-deal Brexit. In a sign that John­son’s last­ditch pro­pos­als to bridge the Brexit im­passe have failed, a Down­ing Street source said Merkel and John­son spoke on Tues­day and she made clear that a deal was “over­whelm­ingly un­likely”. The source said that if Merkel’s po­si­tion on North­ern Ire­land re­main­ing in the EU’s cus­toms union was the bloc’s po­si­tion, then a deal was im­pos­si­ble.

“If this rep­re­sents a new es­tab­lished po­si­tion then it means a deal is es­sen­tially im­pos­si­ble not just now but ever,” the source said. A spokesman for the Ger­man chan­cel­lor con­firmed the call but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther.

The EU was scathing. “Boris John­son, what’s at stake is not win­ning some stupid blame game,” Eu­ro­pean Coun­cil pres­i­dent Tusk posted on Twit­ter.

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

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