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    Boris Johnson is embarking on his first foreign trip this week since assuming the post of UK Prime Minister to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.

    French President Emmanuel Macron will receive British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Elysee Palace on 22 August, an official from Macron's office said on Monday.

    "The President of the Republic will host Boris Johnson for a working dinner at the Elysee Palace, which will be preceded by remarks to the press," said the official.

    The two politicians are expected to discuss a variety of issues including Brexit, Iran and Syria, the official added.

    This marks the first meeting between the two leaders since Johnson's inauguration on 24 July. The UK Prime Minister is also expected to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday this week. 

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told reporters that the UK will leave the EU without a deal on 31 October if it has to.

    "We will be ready to come out on 31 October - deal or no deal", Johnson told reporters. "Of course, our friends and partners on the other side of the Channel are showing a little bit of reluctance to change their position - that's fine - I am confident that they will."

    The Prime Minister also urged France and Germany to compromise on Brexit.

    "I hope that they will compromise - they have seen that the UK parliament has rejected the Withdrawal Agreement three times, the backstop just doesn't work; it is not democratic. I hope they will see fit to compromise", Johnson stated.

    The Sunday Telegraph previously reported that Boris Johnson is expected to use his first trip abroad to tell the two European leaders that they have two months to come up with a Brexit agreement acceptable to the cabinet and parliament; otherwise, the UK will leave the bloc without any deal on 31 October.

    The EU leaders earlier refused to negotiate a new deal preferring to keep to the one agreed with former Prime Minister Theresa May. The deal in question has been rejected by UK Parliament three times.


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