September 23, 2019 / 4:25 PM / 22 days ago

Varadkar and Tusk say no UK proposals yet that can replace backstop

FILE PHOTO: European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a news conference on the margins of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland’s prime minister met European Council President Donald Tusk in New York on Monday for 45 minutes to take stock of the latest Brexit developments.

A spokesman for Leo Varadkar said the prime minister and Tusk agreed that they want a deal but they have not yet seen proposals from Britain that achieve the objectives of the backstop.

“They also agreed that time is very short if there is to be a positive outcome at the Europe Council,” the spokesman said.

Reporting by Graham Fahy; Editing by Alison Williams

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