October 11, 2019 / 6:36 PM / 12 days ago

EU's Tusk says more tangible hopes for Brexit deal now than before

European Council President Donald Tusk arrives for a meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

STRBSKE PLESO, Slovakia (Reuters) - European Council head Donald Tusk said on Friday he felt slightly more hopeful the European Union and Britain will achieve a deal on the latter’s withdrawal from the bloc following months of deadlock.

“Today the hope is maybe a little bit bigger and more tangible than two or three days ago, you can never be sure in politics, sometimes the positive signs are only political tricks,” Tusk told journalists on the sideline of a conference.

“I’m not sure, we’ve had so many bad experiences with our partners during the whole Brexit process but if it is true that the meeting between (Irish) Prime Minister Varadkar and (British) Prime Minister Johnson brought something more concrete and workable for all of us, then the chance is still in our hand,” he said.

Reporting by Tatiana Jancarikova, writing by Foo Yun Chee, editing by Chris Reese

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