September 21, 2018 / 12:57 PM / 3 months ago

Brexit talks entering 'rocky' couple of weeks - Irish PM

Ireland's Prime Minister, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Salzburg, Austria, September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that he remained confident that negotiators can strike a deal on Britain’s exit from the European Union but that talks were entering a rocky couple of weeks.

EU leaders said this week that they would push for a Brexit deal next month but rejected proposals by British Prime Minister Theresa May, who heads into what is expected to be a tumultuous annual conference of her Conservative Party from Sept. 30.

“I think we can have a deal (but) we’re entering into a rocky patch over the next couple of weeks,” Varadkar told Irish national broadcaster RTE.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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