The European Union told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson he must make significant concessions if he wants to strike a last-minute Brexit deal.
As the clock ticks down to the Oct. 31 departure date, Brexit descended into a public row between London and Brussels this week as both sides position for another delay followed by an election in Britain or an acrimonious divorce.
After a Downing Street source said a Brexit deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made unacceptable demands, the EU accused Johnson of playing a “stupid blame game”.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said striking a Brexit deal ahead of Oct. 31 would be “very difficult” and the bloc could not accept Johnson’s proposals. He added that a deal was “still possible.”