Irish PM needs Brexit deal by November ‘if in any respect attainable’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar stated on Thursday that Brexit talks had been coming into “a critical and ultimate phase” of negotiations and that he hoped a deal could be reached throughout the subsequent month.

Irish Defense Minister Leo Varadkar speaks on the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit through the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 24, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

“I’m very keen to see an agreement concluded by November, if at all possible,” Varadkar stated. “It’s in the interest of Ireland, the European Union and the UK. We all really need to get down to business in the next few weeks to make that possible.”

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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