British PM still hopeful of trade deal with EU

British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged the European Union not to allow a stand-off over the so-called Irish backstop to derail Brexit talks, saying she believed a deal was still achievable in the coming weeks.
Addressing a rowdy session of parliament before she headed to Brussels for a summit on Wednesday, Mrs May was upbeat about the chances of a deal, but repeated she would not agree to anything that could split the United Kingdom.
With less than six months before Britain leaves the bloc, talks stalled at the weekend over how to ensure there is no return of a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.
The stalemate has increased the possibility of Britain leaving the bloc without an agreement which could potentially disrupt trade, delay movement of goods, and starve the world's fifth largest economy of investment.

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