Brexit news - LIVE: Macron tells Boris Johnson backstop is 'indispensable' and says new Withdrawal Agreement 'cannot be found within 30 days'

Adam Forrest, Lizzy Buchan

Boris Johnson has held Brexit talks with Emmanuel Macron in Paris only hours after the French president ruled out concessions on the backstop.

Speaking on the steps of the Elysee Palace, Mr Macron said: “We cannot find a new Withdrawal Agreement within 30 days.”

It follows Mr Johnson’s meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel, who suggested a solution to the Brexit crisis could be found if the PM came up with workable alternatives to the backstop “in the next 30 days”.

Ms Merkel later clarified her remarks to say it was not meant to be a firm deadline, only “an example” to show how little time was left before 31 October.

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