Boris Johnson calls in help from Merkel and Macron

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The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has deployed a final offensive to gain support for a departure scheme for the British departure from the EU. He wants a meeting on Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and EU President Jean-Claude Juncker, British media reports.

Johnson calls in their help to prevent him from getting stuck. He asks the EU leaders to help him minimize the possible damage. With this, Johnson acknowledges that a farewell on October 31 without a departure arrangement ('no-deal') will be harmful to the British economy.

His request basically means that he needs an agreement in any case.

EU President Finland has informed Boris Johnson that there are only ten working days left before 31 October, and that the prime ministers and presidents of the 28 EU countries must make a final decision on 17 and 18 October.

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says it is unlikely that he will support a new deal between Johnson and the EU. He still sees problems with the issue of the border with Ireland. The island will in part remain a member of the EU, while the British province of Northern Ireland will exit with the rest of the United Kingdom.