Merkel gives Johnson 30 days to find solution to avoid no-deal Brexit

German chancellor puts responsibility for crashing out of EU firmly at UK PM’s doorAngela Merkel has challenged Boris Johnson to come up with a solution to avert a no-deal Brexit “in the next 30 days”, putting responsibility for stopping the...

Merkel gives Johnson 30 days to find solution to avoid no-deal Brexit

German chancellor puts responsibility for crashing out of EU firmly at UK PM’s door

Angela Merkel has challenged Boris Johnson to come up with a solution to avert a no-deal Brexit “in the next 30 days”, putting responsibility for stopping the UK crashing out of the EU firmly at the British prime minister’s door.

After weeks of diplomatic tension, the German chancellor used her first face-to-face meeting with her UK counterpart on Wednesday to signal cautious optimism that a deal could be struck, suggesting that the backstop was “a placeholder that will no longer be necessary” if a solution to the impasse over the Irish border can be found.

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