Boris Johnson has ordered ministers to prepare for the „strong possibility“ of a no-deal Brexit and warns that the UK risks being „locked in the orbit of the EU“ as high-ranking Tories urge it to reach a deal. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel remained optimistic on Wednesday, saying: „There is always a chance to reach an agreement.“ She stressed, however, that the European Union would not accept an agreement „if there are British conditions that we cannot accept“ or that threaten the internal market. The rhetoric of Boris Johnson`s British government was intransigent and ready to jeopardise the fragile peace in Northern Ireland, but this approach also reveals its ignorance of the wider effects of this attitude. The inconvenient truth is that the effects of this ruthless approach would be far broader than the relationship between the UK and Ireland and the UK and the EU. It would jeopardize the „Global Britain“ vision, and thus its centerpiece of a free trade agreement between the United States and Britain, even before it is resurrected. The only certainty is that no matter which path Johnson and his government decide to follow, it will cause irreparable damage. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney expressed his belief that there would be a „thin“ agreement, an absolute minimum agreement, but that the last obstacles are always the most difficult. „I think the negotiating teams and senior politicians will find a way to get an agreement,“ he said, „but right now we are in a difficult situation because we are trying to reach it.“ „We need a level playing field not only for today, but we need to have one for tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, and to do that we need to reach agreements on how one can react if the other changes its legal situation,“ Merkel said. „Otherwise, there will be unfair conditions of competition that we cannot demand from our companies.“ Much of Mrs May`s initial Brexit deal will remain part of the overall deal. Some of the key areas are: references to a „level playing field“ have been removed from the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and inserted into the political declaration which is not binding.

(Reuters) – The British government plans to legislate to repeal important parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement and risk the collapse of trade talks with Brussels, the Financial Times reported here on Sunday. Merkel stressed that Britain must closely comply with the bloc`s rules on labour, the environment and fair competition, as well as mechanisms for revising an agreement. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured a new withdrawal agreement with the EU. But he now needs the support of MEPs in a vote to be held on Saturday 19 October in Parliament. The shadow minister in the cabinet office, Rachel Reeves, slammed the government for failing to reach an agreement and asked the prime minister to take control of the negotiations and „bring back a deal.“ The UK and the EU now have only two weeks left to reach a post-Brexit trade deal, before the current transitional arrangements expire. John Ryan writes that no matter how Boris Johnson and his government decide to act next, it seems inevitable that the process will irreparably harm the uk`s interests. Economic and political logic suggests that the British Prime Minister urgently needs a deal.