London, Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister

and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar will meet for talks later to

discuss the UK's Brexit proposals.

Downing Street said the meeting was to allow "detailed

discussions" on the process of securing a deal.

Johnson has said he remains "cautiously optimistic" about a

deal.

But EU leaders accused the UK of putting forward untested

ideas, adding that progress towards a new deal had been limited.

A similar sentiment was expressed by Varadkar, who suggested it

would be "very difficult" for the UK and the EU to reach a Brexit

agreement before the 31 October deadline.

The meeting between the two leaders will take place in the

north-west of England, with Johnson still insisting the UK will leave the

EU with or without a deal at the end of the month, the BBC news

reported.

Source: Oman News Agency