Statement by An Taoiseach following a call with the UK Prime Minister.

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The Taoiseach and the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson spoke by phone this evening, shortly before 6pm.

They discussed the latest proposals from the UK.

The Taoiseach said the proposals do not fully meet the agreed objectives of the backstop.

However, he indicated that he would study them in further detail, and would consult with the EU institutions, including the Task Force and our EU partners.

The Taoiseach expects to speak with European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and with other EU heads of Government over the coming days.

This will include the Swedish and Danish Prime Ministers, with whom the Taoiseach has bilateral meetings on Thursday and Friday in their capitals.

The Taoiseach said he wants to see a deal agreed and ratified, and will continue to work in unity with our EU partners to this end.

The Taoiseach and the Prime Minister agreed they would speak again next week.

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