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No Brexit Breakthrough in New York, Meeting futile

Donald Tusk

New York, Sep 24: There was “no breakthrough” on Brexit after Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with European Council president Donald Tusk today.

Tweeting from New York where they held a bilateral meeting, Mr Tusk wrote: “No breakthrough. No breakdown. No time to lose. #Brexit.”

The two leaders sat down to try and come up with some progress on the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU.
The Prime Minister had downplayed his chances of securing a new deal ahead of meetings with key EU leaders during the United Nations General Assembly.

A spokeswoman for Johnson said he had used the meeting to tell Mr Tusk that in order to reach a deal “we need movement and flexibility from the EU”.

An EU source said the meeting was ‘sincere and open’ but stressed that there were ‘big gaps in substance’.
He is expected to meet with France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the United Nations 2019 climate action summit, where Johnson is set to announce environmental policies over two speeches.

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