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Another day, another round of Brexit-related mayhem.
Today, Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan has reportedly been slapped down “personally” by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel, one of the most influential figures in Europe, reportedly told Johnson that she could not accept his plans to fix the border issue between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Different accounts of the morning phone call have been reported and tweeted, but it’s fair to say that Brexiteers are furious.
Arlene Foster says that Angela Merkel's comments have revealed the 'real objective of Dublin and the EU'
'The PM's… https://t.co/cRR1vnZPmV — Steven Swinford (@Steven Swinford)
Last time I looked, I don’t remember electing Angela sodding Merkel or Leo sodding Varadkar to run this country.… https://t.co/chAwPbITiw — Julia Hartley-Brewer (@Julia Hartley-Brewer)
If the briefing from Number Ten re the phone call between the PM and Merkel is in any way accurate, this amounts to… https://t.co/BsWm0Zry32 — Iain Dale ⚒️ (@Iain Dale ⚒️)
The UK government’s attempt to shift the blame for the Brexit fiasco to anyone but themselves - today it’s Merkel -… https://t.co/MErwQ3MD6d — Nicola Sturgeon (@Nicola Sturgeon)
The indivisibility of the EU when negotiating is so simple to understand that Angela Merkel only had to explain it… https://t.co/JQpqoi7WZ7 — James Oh Brien (@James Oh Brien)
There was also a dispute over the verifiability of the claims, with many pointing out it’s unlikely Merkel would behave how she was portrayed in earlier reports.
Agreed. The interpretation runs completely counter to Merkel’s approach and style. https://t.co/brHn7FAeQs — jenny hill (@jenny hill)
Who to believe on the Merkel call: the Times’ well-respected, pro-Brexit longtime Brussels journalist or a Downing… https://t.co/0GYtq6Rjhu — Stephen Bush (@Stephen Bush)
This Number 10 lies all the time, like this White House. If you take its version of a call with Merkel at face valu… https://t.co/wuRvJo5DyX — Lewis Baston (@Lewis Baston)
"Angela Merkel's comments" *as reported in completely implausible fashion by an unnamed 'No 10 source'*. Chanceller… https://t.co/VSNfQDn2vg — Tom Nuttall (@Tom Nuttall)
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