British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) speaks to the media ahead of his meeting with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings on September 9, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.Charles McQuillan | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesThe British pound rose sharply on Thursday afternoon after positive comments on Brexit from the leaders of Ireland and the U.K.U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar for further Brexit talks, with subsequent comments causing traders to buy the British pound. Sterling rose to 1.2267 against the U.S. dollar by 3:20 p.m. London time after trading nearer $1.2218. It was up 0.5% versus the greenback for the session. This is a breaking news story, please check back later for more.