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Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as doubts grow over future of Brexit negotiations EU accuses UK of playing ‘stupid blame game’ after No 10 briefingNo 10 memo threatening EU states over extension ‘is shaming’
Unofficial No 10 briefing on Brexit – Summary and analysis‘Enough, enough, enough – we need to leave,’ Gove tells MPs 3.54pm BST Here is some German reaction to the No 10 briefing about the Johnson/Merkel call.From Norbert Röttgen, chair of the foreign affairs committee in the German parliament and a member of Merkel’s CDU partyThere is no new #German position on #Brexit. Frankly a #deal on the basis of #Johnson’s proposals until Oct 31 has been unrealistic from the beginning and yet the #EU has been willing to engage. Blaming others for the current situation is not fair play!Wenn @BorisJohnson mit dem Finger auf #Merkel zeigt, dann zeigen drei Finger auf ihn. Er will nicht wahrhaben, dass die sog. Backstop-Regelung unumgänglich ist. Weder Irland noch die EU können und wollen eine nicht kontrollierte Außengrenze zulassen. #Brexit @cducsubtWhen @BorisJohnson points his finger at #Merkel, three fingers point to him. He doesn’t want to admit that the so-called backstop regulation is unavoidable. Neither Ireland nor the EU can or want to allow an uncontrolled external border. #Brexit @cducsubt 3.37pm BST In his opening statement to MPs Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, said consumers of certain foods might benefit from the tariffs that would apply in the event of a no-deal Brexit. He told the Commons:I should say as a result of cutting these tariffs, we should see a 15% reduction in the cost of honey from New Zealand, a 9% cut in the cost of grapes from South America and a 7% reduction in the cost of wine from Argentina.We will see – from day one – farm businesses facing new, high tariffs on much of the 60% of our exports that go into the EU, while tariffs on goods coming into the UK will be set far, far lower, and in many cases won’t be applied at all.Without the maintenance of tariff protections, we are in danger of opening up the UK to imported food which would be illegal to be produced here, produced at a lower cost because it may fail to meet the environmental and animal welfare standards which are legally required of our own farmers – flooding our market and resulting in unsustainable price falls. Continue reading…

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