The above ‘clap’ quote is being attributed to Cummings - same memo that was available to read this morning on the Spectator web site, now you have to sign up.
The report re the phone call Merkel/Johnson also came from ‘sources’ in Downing Street.
Most commentators regard this particular report with that same word ‘clap’ in mind - the knee jerk on GBP has waned with the announcement that the Irish PM, Leo Varadkar and the UK PM are likely to meet later this week.
The Irish Foreign Min commented today “There is a lot of misinformation going around today so let me say this loud and clear to everybody - the Irish Government and the EU is working flat out to achieve a deal that sees an orderly Brexit at the end of this month,”
That above comment after a half hour phone call between both PM’s this evening.
The reference in the spectator no.10 memo to withholding security cooperation was rubbished by the NI Secretary of State, Julian Smith.
The memo itself was not rubbished by No. 10.
The Irish call it ‘Leo Lashing’
Edit: Michael Gove also positive just now on possibility of deal.