British PM Johnson facing a new rebellion from his cabinet

Tánaiste Simon Coveney

In response, the EU's top official, European Council President Donald Tusk, accused Mr Johnson of engaging in a "stupid blame game".

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

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a fresh rebellion in his cabinet, with a group of ministers poised to resign due to concerns that he is leading the country towards a no-deal Brexit, The Times newspaper reported on Wednesday. "And of course it isn't really".

The spokesman made the remarks as President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, said there has been "no progress" following a meeting with the prime minister on Tuesday.

"It was a useful clarifying moment", the unnamed source, quoted by Sky News, said.

The growing prospect of both sides failing to reach a deal over Britain's departure from the European Union sent the value of the pound against the us dollar and the euro dropping on the money markets.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman confirmed that there had been a "frank exchange" of views with the German chancellor, but refused to be drawn any further on the "source" claims.

On Tuesday, new International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva said in her first speech since landing the top job that Brexit was contributing to a global growth slowdown. The biggest hurdle to a deal remains the post-Brexit border arrangements between the British province of Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

The Irish leader spoke to the United States prime minister for 45 minutes by phone and despite reports of negotiations between both sides braking down, insisted he would strive until the to reach a deal with the UK.

A Downing Street official said a lengthy phone call between Angela Merkel and Mr Johnson had led the United Kingdom to believe a compromise over the Irish border was now "essentially impossible", with talks "close to breaking down".

Once again, the main issue is the Irish backstop as Merkel insists that Northern Ireland remains a part of the customs union.

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He also said in his post: "The real outrage is the German suggestion that Northern Ireland be separated from the UK".

The EU has said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs to have workable proposals by the end of the week if there is to be any chance of a breakthrough at the October 17-18 EU summit.

The UK and Irish leaders spoke on the phone for 40 minutes on Tuesday, after which No 10 said both sides "strongly reiterated" their desire to reach a deal.

But Labour called it a "cynical attempt to sabotage the negotiations".

Under a proposed U.K. Brexit plan there would be customs checks, but Britain says they could be conducted away from Northern Ireland's border.

Driving a wave of British frustrations with the saga, Johnson is threatening to depart at any value - with or and not using a withdrawal deal - on October 31.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has consistently said the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on October 31 with or without a deal.

Johnson, who took over as PM from Theresa Could in July, has been accused of political manoeuvring earlier than calling a snap normal election to strengthen his place in parliament.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies think-tank, however, warned that "even a relatively benign no-deal Brexit" would see Britain's debt burden surge to 50-year highs.

The Guardian reported that the European Union may offer to extend the Brexit deadline until June 2020.

Tuesday 8 October - Last working day in the House of Commons before it is will be prorogued - suspended - ahead of a Queen's Speech to begin a new parliamentary session. The speech will then be debated by MPs throughout the week.

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