Breakthrough hopes

Markets buoyed by talk of “pathway” to a Brexit deal

Leo Varadkar: pathway

Global stock markets and the pound are set to experience a short-term boost following signs of a breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations.

Analysts believe there could be “light at the end of a very dark tunnel” after two hours of talks between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar after which they agreed that there was a “pathway to a possible deal”.

A joint statement issued after the meeting said the prime minister and Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) had a “detailed and constructive discussion”.

It said: “Both continue to believe that a deal is in everybody’s interest. They agreed that they could see a pathway to a possible deal.”

Downing Street added: “The talks focused on “the challenges of customs and consent.

“They agreed to reflect further on their discussions and that officials would continue to engage intensively on them.”

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