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

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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 the bor­der be­tween EU mem­ber Ire­land and the U.K.’s North­ern Ire­land.

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