Merkel to host Johnson in Berlin amid growing Brexit drama

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hosting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Berlin as Britain and the European Union (EU) are hurtling toward a costly no-deal Brexit in October.

Despite growing tensions between Britain and the EU, Merkel said on Tuesday the main stumbling block concerning Britain’s departure from the EU — the Irish border issue — can be removed if a “practical solution” is found.

Merkel said the remaining 27 EU countries are willing to find such a solution but do not want to reopen a carefully negotiated Brexit deal agreed last year. She also said whichever path Britain chooses the EU is willing to cooperate closely on economic and security issues.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a weekly Cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. – PHOTO: AP