has said that everything should be done to reach an agreement on Brexit but declined an offer to meet to try to secure a breakthrough in talks.

The prime minister yesterday confirmed that he had been rebuffed again in efforts to speak to the European Union as he attempted to move negotiations forward.

Senior ministers have said that the logjam in the post-Brexit trade talks requires a political solution, with the prime minister offering last week to tour European capitals to iron out the remaining differences.

Boris Johnson's direct Brexit approach rebuffed by Angela Merkel

Ursula von der Leyen after her phone call with Mr Johnson

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That proposition was rejected and Mr Johnson confirmed yesterday that the European Commission had once again blocked his attempts to engage directly with Mrs Merkel, the German chancellor, and President Macron of France.

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