UK and Irish leaders to meet in England on Thursday

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar will meet on Thursday in the northwest of England, the Irish government said.

"This will be a private meeting to allow both leaders and their teams to have detailed discussions about the process for securing agreement for a Brexit deal," the Irish government said in a statement. (Reporting by Padraic Halpin, writing by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison)