No 10’s briefing against the Queen shows that it has no plan to avoid a Brexit delay

Downing Street's priority is now to avoid the blame for any extension beyond 31 October. 

Angela Merkel told Boris Johnson that the United Kingdom will never leave the European Union unless Northern Ireland remains in a customs union with the EU! Downing Street has briefed to practically everybody that Merkel took the tough, uncompromising approach in a call with Johnson. But the tone of the briefing has left seasoned Merkel-watchers smelling a rat, because it sounds so unlike the German Chancellor's style and approach.  

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2019-10-09 13:32
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