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UK PM Johnson says Brexit resolution some way off

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on October 3, 2019, on his way to the House of Commons. - Prime Minister Boris Johnson published his "final" Brexit proposals, warning EU leaders that Britain will walk out without a deal on October 31 if they do not accept his terms. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP) (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images) © Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on October 3, 2019, on his way to the House of Commons. - Prime Minister Boris Johnson published his "final" Brexit proposals, warning EU leaders that Britain will walk out without a deal on October 31 if they do not accept his terms. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP) (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images) LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that a Brexit resolution was some way off but that the Irish backstop had to go and that European Union had reacted constructively to his proposals for a new deal.

"While as I stand here today we are some way from a resolution, it is to the credit of our European friends that they have accepted the need to address these issues," Johnson told parliament.

He welcomed the constructive calls he had with Germany's Angela Merkel, Ireland's Leo Varadkar and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Johnson said that if a deal was not possible then the United Kingdom would leave without a deal on Oct. 31. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Andrew MacAskill)

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