Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is “now absolutely convinced” the UK wants a Brexit deal and believes a deal is “possible” by 31 October following talks with Boris Johnson this afternoon.
The prime minister and his Irish counterpart met at Thornton Manor on The Wirral, Merseyside, for what their offices had billed as a “private meeting” ahead of next week’s summit of EU leaders in Brussels.
Speaking after their talks, Mr Varadkar refused to give details of their meeting – or what proposals were discussed – but offered an upbeat assessment.
“I had a very good meeting today with the prime minister and our teams together – very positive and very promising.”
“I am now absolutely convinced that both Ireland and Britain want there to be an agreement, that’s in the interests of Ireland, the UK and EU as a whole.
“And I do see a pathway towards an agreement in the coming weeks.”
The Irish prime minister said “I would hope what’s happened today will be sufficient to allow negotiations to resume in Brussels.”
He also said: “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.