Extension would achieve nothing  

Dear Sir, — Current events are very significant in our future, and the inflexibility of the EU. Our prime minister Boris Johnson has suggested some changes in the terms of our leaving the EU, but all that it has achieved is the EU indicating that it would be our fault if Brexit did not happen. Angela Merkel indicated that any deal must include Northern Ireland being in the customs union.
A Downing Street source said the German chancellor made clear in the telephone conversation — described as a “clarifying moment” — that a deal was “overwhelmingly unlikely” unless Northern Ireland was kept in the EU customs territory.

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