July 30, 2019 / 8:49 PM / 4 months ago

Brexit minister Barclay tells Barnier UK will leave EU on Oct. 31 with or without deal

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Stephen Barclay is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain July 25, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

(Reuters) - The UK’s Brexit minister Stephen Barclay spoke to the European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday and told him he wants a deal but will leave the bloc on Oct. 31 with or without one.

"Spoke to Michel Barnier today and made our position clear: We want a deal but are leaving the EU on October 31 with or without one," he said in a tweet bit.ly/2YfywgZ

Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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