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Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hold talks in Wirral

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hold talks in Wirral Credit: PA

The Prime Minister has been in Wirral for a meeting with the Irish leader Leo Varadkar.

After the talks which took place at Thornton Manor, Boris Johnson and Mr Varadkar released a joint statement suggesting a Brexit deal could be possible and said Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay will meet Michel Barnier, who is leading negotiations for the EU, on Friday.

Anti-Brexit campaigners holding a protest outside the venue. Credit: PA

They said in their statement: “The Prime Minister and Taoiseach have had a detailed and constructive discussion.

“Both continue to believe that a deal is in everybody's interest. They agreed that they could see a pathway to a possible deal. Their discussion 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 Taskforce 50 and the Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay will meet Michel Barnier tomorrow morning."