September 16, 2019 / 12:40 PM / a month ago

Brexit talks with EU to intensify, PM Johnson rules out exit delay

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reaches out to shake hands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prior to a meeting at a restaurant in Luxembourg September 16, 2019. Francisco Seco/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Talks between Britain and the European Union on an exit agreement will intensify, a statement from Prim Minister Boris Johnson’s office said on Monday, reiterating that the British leader will not request a delay to Brexit beyond Oct. 31

“The leaders agreed that the discussions needed to intensify and that meetings would soon take place on a daily basis,” a spokesman from Johnson’s office said in a statement following a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

“It was agreed that talks should also take place at a political level between Michel Barnier and the Brexit Secretary, and conversations would also continue between President Juncker and the Prime Minister.”

Reporting by William James; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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