August 22, 2019 / 11:26 AM / a month ago

Encouraged by Merkel, Johnson tells Macron: I want a Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a joint statement with French President Emmanuel Macron (not seen) before a meeting on Brexit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday that he wanted a Brexit deal and believed it was still possible to reach one in time for the Oct. 31 deadline.

Johnson also said he had been “powerfully encouraged” by what he had heard from German Chancellor Angela Merkel during talks in Berlin on Wednesday.

Reporting by Will James, writing by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison

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