Brexit deal can be done by October 31, Ireland says after ‘positive’ Johnson meeting

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Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck a positive tone following their talks on Thursday [Noel Mullen/EPA-EFE]

A Brexit deal could be clinched by the end of October to allow the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in an orderly fashion, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said after what he called a very positive meeting with Boris Johnson.

After Brexit descended into a public row between London and Brussels earlier this week, Johnson, the British prime minister, met Varadkar at Thornton Manor in Cheshire on Thursday in a last ditch bid to avert an acrimonious divorce or another delay.

The outcome seemed to be a total reversal of the bad feelings and negative build up seen earlier in the week.

Striking a positive tone at Liverpool airport, Varadkar said the main issues remain ensuring that any long-term agreement has the consent of the people of Northern Ireland and ensuring no customs border on the island of Ireland.

Varadkar said on Thursday. :

“I had a very good meeting with the prime minister … very positive and very promising,” “I do see a pathway to an agreement in coming weeks.”

“I think it is possible for us to come to an agreement, to have a treaty agreed, to allow the UK to leave the EU in an orderly fashion and to have that done by the end of October but there’s many a slip between cup and lip and lots of things that are not in my control,” he said. READ MORE…

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