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Irish PM Varadkar says there is still time to avoid no-deal

FILE PHOTO: Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) and Defence Minister Leo Varadkar speaks during a news conference after the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

GLENCOLUMBKILLE,Ireland (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday that he was confident an agreement could still be reached to avoid the UK leaving the European Union without a deal.

“I think, notwithstanding the fact there is a new prime minister and there is a new government in Westminster ... I am still confident that a ‘no-deal’ can be avoided,” Varadkar told journalists after the final Irish cabinet meeting before the summer recess.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Kevin Liffey