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Juncker's pressure: No deal Brexit will collapse UK

Christian Fernsby |
Jean-Claude Juncker has warned that No Deal Brexit will "lead to the collapse of the United Kingdom".

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Topics: JUNCKER    BREXIT   

The commission president dismissed suggestions that the bloc will be to blame for failure to get an agreement, jibing that Britain had committed the 'original sin' of trying to leave.

The combative comments came amid claims the EU is considering offering the UK an extension lasting just weeks, rather than the three months that had been mooted.

Some member states want to deprive Boris Johnson of the time to hold an election, arguing that if he secures a majority it will put him in a stronger position.

Creating a No Deal 'cliff edge' could maximise the bloc's leverage to force Mr Johnson into an humiliating climbdown.

Negotiations appear to be on life support after Mr Johnson had a brutal clash with Angela Merkel in a telephone call yesterday.

Downing Street briefed that the German Chancellor had told the PM that Northern Ireland had to stay in the EU's customs union and aligned to its regulations 'forever'.

A No10 source said that made the task of getting a deal 'impossible', as the UK would never accept being divided.

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