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Boris Johnson will hold Brexit talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and chief negotiator Michel Barnier next week. reports citing foreign media.

The meeting with Mr Juncker on Monday will be the pair's first face-to-face meeting since Mr Johnson entered Downing Street in July.

A European Commission spokeswoman described the meeting between Mr Juncker and Mr Johnson as a "working lunch".

At a speech in Rotherham an upbeat Prime Minister announced that he would also be meeting Mr Barnier, adding: "There is the rough shape of a deal to be done on Brexit. I am cautiously optimistic about a Brexit deal."

It comes as Mr Johnson continues his bid to strike a new agreement with the EU ahead of the currently scheduled exit day of 31 October.

Number 10 sources have played down hopes of an imminent breakthrough in the negotiations, saying there was still a "long way to go".

And the European Commission spokeswoman said she was "not going to speculate" on what Mr Juncker hoped to achieve from the meeting.

2019.09.13 / 22:38
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