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Pro-Brexit lawmaker Baker says optimistic a tolerable deal can be struck

FILE PHOTO: Conservative MP Steve Baker attends a meeting of the pro-Brexit European Research Group in London, Britain, November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - The leader of the strongly pro-Brexit faction within Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party said he was optimistic that a tolerable deal could be struck with the European Union that he could vote for in parliament.

Steve Baker, the head of the European Research Group which wants a cleaner break with Brussels, told reporters after he emerged from a meeting in Johnson’s office that he was very pleased the government was making progress.

“I am optimistic that it is still possible we could reach a tolerable deal and I will be voting for it,” he said on Tuesday.

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Stephen Addison