Boris Johnson will urge the EU to reconsider its Brexit stance at this week’s G7 summit in Biarritz, but he is likely to get short shrift at a meeting with the German Chancellor today.
The Prime Minister had previously insisted that he would not hold any talks with EU leaders until they agreed to scrap the controversial Irish backstop.
That pledge appears to have been shelved, as he is making a diplomatic dash to Berlin on Wednesday to meet Mrs Merkel and then Emmanuel Macron, the French president, in Paris on Thursday.
Here we look at how Mr Johnson’s overture is likely to be received, and why the word “nein” may crop up several times at his first meeting as Prime Minister with Germany's...
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