British PM to hold talks with Irish counterpart to avoid no-deal Brexit

Johnson vowed to take his country out of the European Union on Oct. 31, with or without a deal.

Published: 09th October 2019 03:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th October 2019 03:19 PM   |  A+A-

Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (Photo| AP)


LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold talks with his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar later this week in a last-ditch attempt to avoid a no-deal Brexit, a Downing Street spokesman said here on Tuesday (local time).

Johnson and the Irish prime minister spoke by telephone for about 40 minutes, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Both sides strongly reiterated their desire to reach a Brexit deal," the spokesperson said. "They hope to meet in person later this week," he added.

The spokesman made the remarks as President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, said there has been "no progress" following a meeting with the prime minister on Tuesday.

"I came here in the confident hope of hearing proposals which could take negotiations forward," he said.

"However, I must note that there has been no progress" toward agreeing on a new deal between Britain and the European Union ahead of the October 31 deadline.

Sassoli told Sky News that Johnson said to him that he "will not ask for an extension."

Johnson vowed to take his country out of the European Union on Oct. 31, with or without a deal.

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