Stop playing stupid blame game, European Union tells British PM

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It's safe to say Tusk has not taken favorably to No. 10's response to Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone call exchange on Tuesday, where they discussed the ongoing Brexit crisis.

The source added that "Merkel said that if Germany wanted to leave the EU they could do it no problem but the United Kingdom cannot leave without leaving Northern Ireland behind in a customs union and in full alignment forever".

They said the United Kingdom was not willing to move away from the principle of providing a consent mechanism for Northern Ireland, or the plan for leaving the customs union, and if the EU did not accept those principles, "that will be that" and the plan moving forward would be an "obstructive" strategy towards Brussels.

She said: "The EU position has not changed".

He tweeted that a deal based on the UK's latest proposals had "been unrealistic from the beginning and yet the European Union has been willing to engage".

Pressured by Brexit jitters, the pound fell 0.5% to $1.2226.

The EU was scathing.

The outgoing EU Council President Donald Tusk echoed Sturgeon, warning Johnson on Twitter that "what's at stake is not winning some stupid blame game". But, under English law, he also is required to seek an extension if he doesn't have a deal by October 19 - something that may still force him to seek a delay and hold a general election before going back to Brussels again.

Such abrupt remarks indicate the Brexit blame game has begun in earnest, and that now both London and European Union capitals are preparing for an acrimonious and potentially chaotic Brexit for which neither side wants to be held responsible. "You don't want a deal, you don't want an extension, you don't want to revoke, quo vadis?" he asked.

No 10 has insisted Mr Johnson will comply with the law, but Laura Kuenssberg says there are still conversations going on in Downing Street about writing a second letter, making the case that a delay is unnecessary.

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"If his ideas are limited to what he presented to the negotiator (Michel) Barnier five days ago, it means that he doesn't actually want an agreement", Sassoli, an Italian, told reporters, speaking through a translator in London.

The Downing Street source reportedly said that Tuesday's call was a "very useful clarifying moment in all sorts of ways", with the result that "a deal is essentially impossible not just now but ever".

BREXIT BLAME GAME An array of remarks by unidentified British sources laid bare just how far apart the two sides are after three years of tortuous haggling over the first departure of a sovereign state from the EU.

Brexit talks are now reaching a critical moment, a British spokesman said in Brussels, where Johnson's Brexit negotiator David Frost was in meetings with European Union officials.

While the British Pound has recovered from its recent lows in early mid-week trade it remains vulnerable, with markets maintaining the view that negotiations aimed at reaching a revised Brexit deal between the European Union and United Kingdom are on the verge of collapse.

Arlene Foster, leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Union Party (DUP), said in a statement that "for the United Kingdom to be asked to leave a part of its sovereign territory in a foreign organisation of which the UK would no longer be a part and over which we would have no say whatsoever is beyond insane".

On Tuesday, Britain published more details of its plans for a scenario where there is no deal.

Scotland's top civil court is due to rule Wednesday whether someone else - possibly a judge - could sign an extension request if Johnson fails to follow parliament's order to ask for one if there is still no deal by October 19. He has also repeatedly demanded an election but parliament has refused to grant one.

The British government is preparing for Brexit negotiations to end this week, according to a report in the Spectator magazine.

The source also warned that negotiations with Brussels could collapse this week and blamed Irish premier Leo Varadkar for refusing to engage.

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