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    Doubts Mount Over Brexit Deadline

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scrambling to stick to his pledge of pulling his country out of the European Union by Oct. 31. But his Irish counterpart isn’t helping: Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said it would be “very difficult” to reach an agreement by Oct. 17, when EU leaders will meet for their next summit. In a phone call with Johnson yesterday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel also reportedly said his timeline was “overwhelmingly unlikely.”

    Will there be any movement? Some inside Downing Street claimed Merkel made unacceptable demands, leading European Council President Donald Tusk to denounce Britain’s “stupid blame game.”

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