Angela Merkel ‘will make Britain stare into the abyss’ before doing a Brexit deal at the last moment
- German Chancellor wants to take negotiations to the ‘edge of the precipice’
- Claims Angela Merkel will do a deal on Brexit – but only at ‘five to midnight’
- Britain has relied on Merkel breaking EU deadlock before and been disappointed
Angela Merkel will drag Britain to the ‘edge of the precipice’ and force negotiators to ‘look into the abyss’ before finalising a deal, it was claimed today.
Diplomatic sources said the German Chancellor would back concessions but only at the last possible moment – insisting ‘that is how she works’.
Mrs Merkel has long been seen as the crucial power broker inside the EU despite her own days as Chancellor being numbered.
But British hopes of help from Berlin have been crushed many times before, particularly when David Cameron tried to renegotiate EU membership before the 2016 referendum.
Angela Merkel (pictured in Berlin today) will drag Britain to the ‘edge of the precipice’ and force negotiators to ‘look into the abyss’ before finalising a deal, it was claimed today
Germany yesterday led a rejection of Mrs May’s calls to renegotiate the Brexit divorce deal following Tuesday night’s showdown votes in Parliament.
The Prime Minister has promised MPs will get to vote again in two weeks – whether she has a revised deal or not.
Diplomatic sources told The Times the new deadline would not move Mrs Merkel intention to ‘go to the edge of the precipice’.
They warned she wants ‘to look into the abyss before a deal is done at five to midnight — that is how she works’.
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Yesterday, Mrs Merkel’s foreign minister Heiko Maas, said: ‘Germany and the entire Union are firmly on Ireland’s side.
‘We will not allow Ireland to be isolated on this issue.’
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker described the Agreement reached after 18 months of negotiation last November as ‘the best and only deal possible’.
And he told MEPs in the European Parliament: ‘The debate and votes in the House of Commons yesterday do not change that.
‘The Withdrawal Agreement will not be renegotiated.’
The Prime Minister (pictured in Parliament yesterday) has promised MPs will get to vote again in two weeks – whether she has a revised deal or not
French President Emmanuel Macron said the Withdrawal Agreement was ‘not renegotiable’.
Irish deputy PM Simon Coveney said Mrs May was effectively threatening to ‘jump out of a window’ unless Brussels bowed to her demands, while French president Emmanuel Macron said the current package was ‘non-renegotiable’.
Meanwhile, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said: ‘The position of the European Union is very clear.
‘The EU institutions remain united, and we stand by the agreement that we have negotiated with the UK never against the UK’.
One Cabinet minister told MailOnline that everyone needed to remain ‘calm’ as ‘noise’ from Brussels was only to be expected.
‘This is just what the EU does. It never makes any kind of deal until the last moment,’ they said.
‘We are inevitably going to get all sorts of dire warnings and blank denials.
‘It is just a lot of noise. People just need to stay calm and let the PM work.’
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