Taoiseach Leo Varadkar set for crunch Brexit talks with Boris Johnson in Dublin on Monday
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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar set for crunch Brexit talks with Boris Johnson in Dublin on Monday

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has accepted Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's invitation to meet in Dublin to further discuss the issue of Brexit with the October 31st deadline fast approaching.

The Taoiseach's office revealed today that following a 15-minute phone call with Johnson, he and Varadkar had agreed to meet to "share further their respective analyses on Brexit and to continue discussion of bilateral matters including Northern Ireland, the Good Friday Agreement and the Common Travel Area."

Despite the looming threat of a no-deal Brexit, and murmurings that the British government are looking at delaying the deadline once more - until the end of January this time, MPs are keen to try and resolve any outstanding issues before the November cut off - particularly issues surrounding the Irish border.

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Mr Johnson said he wanted talks on an all-Ireland approach to agriculture and food products.

"We recognise that for reasons of geography and economics agri-food is increasingly managed on a common basis across the island of Ireland," he said.

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"We are ready to find ways forward that recognise this reality provided it clearly enjoys the consent of all parties and institutions with an interest.

"We will also be discussing this with the EU shortly and I will be discussing it with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when I see him in Dublin on Monday."

The announcement of a meeting comes after US Vice President Mike Pence called for Ireland and the European Union to "negotiate in good faith" with the UK on Brexit.