Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pictured earlier today at Thornton Manor Hotel in The Wirral, just outside Liverpool. Photo from merrionstreet.ie website.
By Irish Echo Staff
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson say they “can see a pathway to a possible deal” on Brexit, this following a meeting of the two leaders just outside Liverpool earlier today.
The meeting was followed by the release of a joint statement.
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It said: “The Taoiseach and Prime Minister have had a detailed and constructive discussion.
“Both continue to believe a deal is in everybody’s interest. They agreed that they could see a pathway to a possible deal.
“Their discussions concentrated on the challenges of customs and consent.
“They also discussed the potential to strengthen bilateral relations, including on Northern Ireland.
“They agreed to reflect further on their discussions and that officials would continue to engage intensively on them.
“Following their discussions, the Taoiseach will consult with the EU Task Force and the UK Brexit Secretary will meet Michel Barnier tomorrow morning.”
The meeting occurred with just 21 days to the October 31 Brexit deadline and ahead of the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18.
Mr. Varadkar flew into Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport on an Irish Air Corps jet.
The location for the meeting, about thirty minutes’ drive outside the center of Liverpool, had been a closely-guarded secret after it was announced Wednesday evening that the two leaders would meet in the north west of England, the Irish Independent reported.
Their last meeting was last month in Dublin.