Boris Johnson is meeting his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar for crucial talks over lunch as the U.K. and European Union seek a way through the Brexit impasse with time running out to reach a deal.

While neither side is brimming with optimism, Ireland’s government said an agreement is “not impossible,” though wide gaps remain.

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Johnson and Varadkar Arrive for Crunch Meeting (12:15 p.m.)

Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar arrived at the country house in North West England where they’re due to have lunch and hold their talks.

Thornton House was built in the 19th Century and now serves as a venue for weddings and corporate events. Johnson arrived about 20 minutes before Varadkar.

Minister: Stop Negotiating By Twitter (12 p.m.)

Business minister Nadhim Zahawi said the U.K. government will focus until “the 11th hour on Oct. 31” on getting a deal. “It requires cool heads and real effort, real discipline, real focus,” he said in a Bloomberg interview.

“I’d like to see less of this emotional negotiation by Twitter,” he said. “That I think is unwise.”

His comments came after European Council President Donald Tusk, accused Johnson of playing a “stupid blame game” in a Twitter post earlier this week.

Deal ‘Not Impossible,’ Irish Minister Says (8.45 a.m.)

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson will “check in” on where Brexit talks stand, Ireland’s Health Minister Simon Harris said, adding that getting a deal is “extremely difficult but not impossible.”

Asked in an RTE radio interview if his government trusts Johnson, Harris responded that he is the elected prime minister and “we trust the U.K. political system in that regard.”

Earlier, U.K. Business Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said there’s still a “good chance” of a deal. The meeting between the two prime ministers “is not to have a social conversation,” he told BBC Radio. “They’re seriously focused on trying to resolve this issue and trying to get a deal.”

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