EFEGuillermo Ximenis London

Fading hopes of an agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union before the Brexit deadline of Oct. 31 received a boost Thursday after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar said that they "could see a pathway to a possible deal."

"Both continue to believe that a deal is in everybody's interest," according to a joint statement issued after talks at a private home in northwest England.