Brexit: EU leaders close ranks as no-deal talk mounts

Brexit: EU leaders close ranks as no-deal talk mounts

Katya Adler
Europe editor
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Boris Johnson’s declaration that he would go to Paris, travel to Berlin, “do whatever it takes to reach a deal” was quietly rebuffed again by the EU on Friday.

Normally after big summits like the one we’ve just had in Brussels, leaders make media statements about their most pressing discussions.

Climate change, Covid, relations with Turkey… they all featured prominently at the summit. Brexit was hardly mentioned.

There’s no denying that the prospect of the pain of no deal at all with the UK certainly weighs on EU minds.

A German think tank has estimated that up to 700,000 European jobs could be at risk.

But Europe’s leaders are keen to clarify they won’t personally intervene in the current impasse in trade talks. There’ll be no last-minute handshake or “a-ha” moment in Paris, Warsaw or Berlin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
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