British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with European Parliament President David Sassoli in London on Tuesday, as both the UK and the EU position themselves to avoid blame for a delay or a disorderly no-deal Brexit.
Johnson greeted Sassoli outside Number 10 Downing Street before they shook hands and posed for photographs inside.
In a sign that Johnson’s last-ditch proposals to bridge the Brexit impasse have failed, a Downing Street source said German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Johnson spoke on Tuesday morning and she made clear that a deal was “overwhelmingly unlikely”.
The European Union, in turn, accused Britain of playing a “stupid blame game” over Brexit. “You don’t want a deal, you don’t want an extension, you don’t want to revoke, quo vadis?,” European Council President Tusk said on Twitter, asking in Latin “where are you heading?”
Such abrupt remarks indicate the Brexit blame game has begun in earnest, and that now both London and European capitals are preparing for an acrimonious and potentially chaotic Brexit for which neither side wants to be held responsible.