Johnson faces criticism from EU over Brexit after Merkel call
LONDON — An anonymous official in Boris Johnson's office told broadcast reporters Tuesday that negotiations with European leaders over Brexit were "essentially impossible" after the British prime minister concluded a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
European officials hit back that Johnson was trying to blame them for a breakdown in talks.
The anonymous source asserted that the Europeans would not budge an inch.
The British government said it will leave the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a deal. Many in the EU are skeptical of that claim because the U.K. Parliament has passed a law compelling the government to ask for a delay to Brexit if no deal is agreed upon by Oct. 19.