The UK Believes the EU Does not Compromise on Brexit Negotiations

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Johnson put forward a number of proposals to Merkel during the call, but she made clear that a deal with the new proposals in mind was "overwhelmingly unlikely". It didn't comment on the substance of the discussion, saying in an emailed response to a query that "as usual, we are not reporting on such confidential conversations".

"I don't accept this blame game that started in London".

Meanwhile, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, has warned Mr Johnson that "what's at stake" over Brexit "is not winning some stupid blame game".

"It's going to be very hard to secure an agreement by next week, quite frankly", Varadkar told Irish broadcaster RTE late Tuesday after a 40-minute phone call with Johnson. "And, of course, it isn't really", said the Irish leader.

The Irish premier, who is expected to meet the Prime Minister in Dublin later this week, also said language around the deal was becoming more toxic "in some quarters". "Requesting extension is the prerogative of the UK".

No 10 sources claimed Mrs Merkel had told the PM that Britain could not leave the EU unless it was prepared to leave Northern Ireland behind in a permanent customs union.

He stated: 'But the real outrage is the German suggestion that Northern Ireland be separated from the United Kingdom'.

Another EU official dealing with Brexit said when asked if the EU was indeed ready to make such a step: "I did not hear that".

The pair could meet in person later this week, he added.

Leave.EU's comms director Andy Wigmore also said that the tweet was "not appropriate" and "went too far".

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The row comes after European Union leaders made clear that Mr Johnson's plan to resolve issue of the Northern Ireland backstop was not a basis for an agreement.

The German Chancellor revealed her views to the Prime Minister during a "frank" early-morning phone call on Tuesday.

And Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer tweeted: "This is yet another cynical attempt by Number 10 to sabotage the negotiations".

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

The official Leave.EU Twitter page quoted Mr Banks, adding: "'We're sorry".

Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said Johnson "will never take responsibility for his own failure to put forward a credible deal", and urged Parliament to "unite prevent this reckless government crashing us out of the European Union".

The government is planning to hold a special Saturday session of parliament on October 19, the day after the European Union summit, whether or note there is a deal.

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The U.K. Parliament is set to be suspended later Tuesday so that a new session can begin next week with a major policy speech from Johnson's Conservative government. MPs will return on Monday.

Macron will meet Merkel at the Elysee Palace this coming Sunday to discuss European affairs ahead of the October 17-18 EU summit and preparations for a Franco-German summit on October 16, Macron's office said. This is the last such meeting now scheduled before the Brexit deadline.

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