Irish PM hopes for Brexit deal by end of week

"It is down to political will, both in the United Kingdom and I’m clear the political will is there from the European Union," he added. [EPA-EFE/JOHANNA GERON]

Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that he remains hopeful that a UK-EU trade deal can be wrapped up by the end of the week.

“I would be hopeful that, by the end of this week, we could see the outlines of a deal, but that remains to be seen,” Martin told reporters in Dublin on Monday. 

“It is down to political will, both in the United Kingdom, and I’m clear the political will is there from the European Union,” he added.

Meanwhile, in Brussels, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier noted there was still quite a way to go before the two sides reached a compromise, saying that ‘fundamental divergences remain,’ but that both parties are “continuing to work hard for a deal.” (Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)

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