From Sky’s economics editor Ed Conway
It is a joint statement from No 10 and from the Irish government. Leo Varadkar has tweeted it too.
Here is the full text of the joint statement about the Johnson/Varadkar meeting.
The prime minister and taoiseach have had a detailed and constructive discussion.
Both continue to believe that a deal is in everybody’s interest. They agreed that they could see a pathway to a possible deal.
Their discussion concentrated on the challenges of customs and consent.
They also discussed the potential to strengthen bilateral relations, including on Northern Ireland.
They agreed to reflect further on their discussions and that officials would continue to engage intensively on them.
Following their discussions the taoiseach will consult with the taskforce 50 and the Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay will meet Michel Barnier tomorrow morning.
Here is the Number 10 statement about the talks. It is a joint statement.
It says Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar “agreed that they could see a pathway to a possible deal”.
That is a lot more positive than people were expecting – although still well short of an agreement.
We have been told that we will get a statement from No 10 shortly about the Boris Johnson/Leo Varadkar talks.
The prime minister has given the green light for Labour to hold talks with top civil service officials in the clearest sign yet that an election is looming, the Press Association reports. The main opposition party is traditionally given time before a polling date to speak with senior civil servants to discuss the policy changes planned if they win power. The decision n to allow shadow ministers access to the civil service – a right usually reserved solely for the government – indicates that the wheels are being oiled for a fresh trip to the polls. A Labour spokesman said the party would use the talks with Whitehall mandarins to “prepare for a transformational” government.
This is from the Press Association’s Catherine Wylie on Thornton Manor.
The luxury wedding venue chosen for Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar’s Brexit talks was where Coleen Rooney held her circus-themed 21st birthday party.
Rooney, who caused an online sensation this week after alleging Rebekah Vardy’s Instagram account was the source of leaked stories about her in the media, hosted the glamorous party at Thornton Manor in 2007.
The venue is a Grade II listed building that was once the home of the soap magnate William Hesketh Lever in the village of Thornton Hough on the Wirral.
Thornton Manor, which hails itself as a “truly unique” wedding venue that “exudes historic enchantment and charm”, is the setting of a political showdown this week between two men talking about a separation and a union of a different kind.
But it is not the first event relating to a significant milestone and involving familiar faces that has taken place here.
Back on March 31 2007, stilt walkers dressed as swans and jugglers in sailor suits greeted guests as they arrived to celebrate the 21st birthday of Rooney, then the fiancee of footballer Wayne Rooney who she went on to marry.
These are from my colleague Jennifer Rankin in Brussels.