October 15, 2019 / 11:01 AM / a month ago

UK's Johnson tells Macron: we will work hard for a Brexit deal - spokesman

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives for a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at Downing Street in London, Britain October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson told French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday British officials would continue to work hard to secure a Brexit deal before a summit later this week in what his spokesman described as a constructive discussion.

Asked about comments attributed to the European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier that a legal text for the deal should be agreed by the end of Tuesday, the spokesman said Johnson was aware of the time constraints.

He added that if a deal were secured, Johnson would expect parliament to work round the clock to pass the necessary legislation for Britain’s departure before the prime minister’s Oct. 31 deadline.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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