Antti Rinne planning Boris Johnson Brexit meeting

Prime Minister spoke to his UK counterpart on the phone on Monday night from Iceland and they plan to meet in person soon.

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Finland’s Prime MinisterĀ Antti RinneĀ (SDP) says he plans to meet with his UK counterpartĀ Boris Johnson as soon as possible to discuss Brexit.

The two leaders spoke on the phone on Monday night, after Rinne arrived in Reykjavik for a meeting with other Nordic Prime Ministers in the Icelandic capital.

Britain’s exit from the European Union is set for October 31st, in the middle of Finland’s EU Presidency.

In late 2018 the British government, lead by former Prime Minister Theresa May, negotiated a withdrawal agreement with the European Union, but the British parliament rejected that agreement three times leaving the process in limbo.

Boris Johnson says he’s ready and willing for Britain to leave the EU without any deal in place on future relations, and has called for the EU to reopen withdrawal negotiations. The EU says negotiations are over, and the only withdrawal agreement on the table is the one Theresa May signed up to.

In Reykjavik, Rinne again told reporters that withdrawal agreement will not be reopened, and emphasised all 27 EU member states stood firm on this issue.

There is no clarity yet whether any meeting between Antti Rinne and Boris Johnson would take place in Finland or the UK.