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Brexit: Deal 'essentially impossible' after PM-Merkel call - No 10

A No 10 source says a Brexit deal is "essentially impossible" after a call between the PM and Angela Merkel.Boris Johnson spoke to the German chancellor earlier about the proposals he put forward to the EU - but the source said she made clear a deal based on them was "overwhelmingly unlikely".They also claimed she said a deal would never be possible unless Northern Ireland stayed in a customs union.Mrs Merkel's spokesman said they did not reveal confidential conversations.The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, sent a public tweet to Mr Johnson, writing: "What's at stake is not winning some stupid blame game. At stake is the future of Europe and the UK as well as the security and interests of our people." Scotland's Fi ...