Johnson told Sassoli UK wants a Brexit deal

Johnson told Sassoli UK wants a Brexit deal

British prime minister Boris Johnson told European Parliament’s president David Sassoli that he wanted to leave the European Union with a deal, a Downing Street spokesperson said after they held talks in London.

"The prime minister stated his preference for leaving the EU with a deal. He emphasised that the UK’s proposal represents a significant step and a reasonable compromise which respects the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, the Single Market and provides for democratic consent in Northern Ireland," the spokesperson said.

Johnson reiterated that if Britain did not reach an agreement then the UK would leave without a deal on October 31.

"The prime minister set out how there is little time remaining to negotiate a new agreement, and so we need to move quickly and work together to agree a deal," Reuters cited the spokesperson as saying.