Boris Johnson is meeting Angela Merkel on Wednesday in what appears to be more of a quest for assigning responsibility for the failure to reach a new consensus on Brexit rather than substantial negotiations.

In a letter to the European Council late on Monday, Johnson called the Irish backstop “anti-democratic” and “inconsistent with the sovereignty of the UK as a state,” called for its scrapping; in parallel, he called on the EU to commit along with the UK that no border infrastructure would ...

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