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UK, Irish leaders see ‘pathway’ to elusive Brexit deal

Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media following private talks with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, at Liverpool Airport, England, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. The leaders of Britain and Ireland said they spotted a "pathway" to an elusive Brexit deal as hopes for a breakthrough dimmed before the U.K.'s Oct. 31 deadline to leave the European Union. The two said in a joint statement they "agreed that they could see a pathway to a possible deal." (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
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British, Irish leaders say they've spotted 'pathway' to Brexit deal

'Pathway' to Brexit deal keeps hopes of breakthrough alive just weeks before UK's deadline to leave EU

Britain is due to leave the 28-nation bloc on Oct. 31

LONDON — The leaders of Britain and Ireland said Thursday they had spotted a “pathway” to an elusive Brexit deal, keeping hopes of a breakthrough alive just three weeks before the U.K.’s deadline to leave the European Union.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish leader Leo Varadkar provided a status update on the issue after a private lunch meeting in northwest England that lasted for several hours.

“Both continue to believe that a deal is in everybody’s interest,” they said in a joint statement. “They agreed that they could see a pathway to a possible deal.”

Britain is due to leave the 28-nation bloc on Oct. 31, and attempts to find a deal have foundered over plans for the border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.’s Northern Ireland.

The currently all-but-invisible border underpins both the regional economy and Northern Ireland’s peace process.