Mr Watt described the incendiary Downing Street which had been sent a source, who is “right at the heart of the Government’s EU negotiating strategy”. The source sent the texts direct to James Forsyth political editor at The Spectator. Mr Watt said: “There is a feeling in Downing Street that Boris Johnson is heading for a no deal with the EU.
“There has been a stark assessment of where things lie by a source who is absolutely at the heart of Boris Johnson’s negotiations plan with the EU.
“The source sent a series of text messages to James Forsyth who is the political editor of the Spectator.”
The first text from the No 10 Source to the Spectator threatens countries who support delaying Brexit.
It reads: “We will make clear privately and publicly that countries which oppose delay will go the front of the queue for future co-operation.
“Supporting delay will be seen by this government as hostile interference in domestic politics.
The second message is directed towards the EU.
It reads: “Any delay will in effect be negotiated between you, Parliament and the courts.
“Everything to do with ‘duty of sincere cooperation’ will be in the toilet.
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The messages state how the UK will respond to these countries post Brexit, dependent on how they act in the current negotiations.
Tom Newton Dunn, political editor at The Sun, described one senior figure at No 10 saying the fiery text was close to being, “cold-war brinkmanship.”
Moreover, The Guardian has revealed the European Union’s full point-by-point rejection of Boris Johnson’s Brexit proposals for the Irish border.
The disclosure follows the Prime Minister’s claim on Monday that he had not yet heard the EU’s thoughts on the legal text tabled by Downing Street, under which a customs border would be reimposed on the island of Ireland.
Under the draft text, which the UK has not published in full, Northern Ireland would stay in the EU’s single market for goods and electricity if Stormont consents.
It would also mean the DUP get a veto before the arrangement comes into force and then every four years.
The British have been warned that the proposed Stormont veto provides the DUP with an opportunity to block the all-Ireland regulatory zone from ever materialising.
The proposals for a customs border were said to risk a major disruption of the all-Ireland economy. EU negotiators have pointed out that it has been rejected by groups representing Northern Irish business.
The UK is seeking a fallback of no controls, checks and border infrastructure, even if the DUP vetoes Northern Ireland’s alignment with the single market.
The bloc’s internal market would be left wide open for abuse, the European Commission has said in its rejection of the proposal.