October 17, 2019 / 4:48 PM / a month ago

EU's Tusk says 'very close to final stretch' on Brexit

European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a joint news conference with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar at the European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday that the EU and Britain were “very close to the final stretch” of Brexit, with approval by the British parliament and the European Parliament the last steps to take.

He was speaking after the 27 other European Union member states agreed to a deal clinched on Thursday, hours before the bloc’s summit in Brussels, under which Britain will leave on Oct. 31.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by John Chalmers

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