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Allies of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have admitted that the likelihood of achieving a Brexit deal is slim after the PM held an argumentative phone call with the German Chancellor.

Early on Tuesday, unnamed Downing Street sources admitted that Angela Merkel and other EU leaders had not budged on their requirements for a new deal.

EU Council President Donald Tusk also accused Johnson of playing a ‘stupid blame game’ in his dealings with the Union.

“What’s at stake is not winning some stupid blame game. At stake is the future of Europe and the UK as well as the security and interests of our people”, Mr. Tusk said.

He added: “You don’t want a deal, you don’t want an extension, you don’t want to revoke,” before asking “quo vadis?” the Latin for “where are you going?”

-Daniel Potter