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Johnson warns not to expect Brexit progress in New York

September 23, 2019

NEW YORK, Sep 23 (Reuters / EP) –

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned Monday about the possibility of making progress in Brexit during talks outside the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Johnson has pointed out that while a “breakthrough” has been achieved since he took office in July, “there are clearly gaps and difficulties.”

“I would warn everyone not to think that this will be the time,” he said on the plane while heading to New York. “I don't want to raise the hope that there will be a breakthrough in New York,” he said.

“We have seen interest in the idea of ​​treating Ireland as a unique area for sanitary and phytosanitary purposes, which is also encouraging,” he said. “However, clearly there are still gaps and difficulties,” he added.

Johnson, who has promised to get the United Kingdom out of the European Union at the end of October with or without an agreement, will meet several European leaders in New York, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.