No 10 source: Brexit talks on brink of collapse after Merkel-Johnson call

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Donald Tusk responds to claims by No 10 source that EU is willing to ‘torpedo the Good Friday agreement’

Boris Johnson appears to be giving up on hopes of a new Brexit deal with the EU after speaking to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, triggering an angry response from Brussels that he is trying to play a “stupid blame game” over the near-collapse of talks.

A row erupted after Johnson and Merkel spoke on Tuesday morning, with a No 10 source briefing that the chancellor’s demands for Northern Ireland to remain in a customs union made a deal look “essentially impossible not just now but ever”.

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