October 8, 2019 / 5:11 PM / 2 months ago

UK PM Johnson, Ireland's Varadkar want Brexit deal - Downing Street

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar reiterated their desire for a Brexit deal in a phone conversation on Tuesday, a Downing Street spokesperson said.

“Both sides strongly reiterated their desire to reach a Brexit deal. They hope to meet in person later this week,” the spokesperson added.

Earlier on Tuesday, European Council head Donald Tusk accused Britain of playing a “stupid blame game” over Brexit after a Downing Street source said a deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made unacceptable demands.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by James Davey; editing by Stephen Addison

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