British Prime Minister Theresa May told business leaders on Friday she had come away from this week`s European Council meeting in Brussels with a sense that EU leaders wanted to reach a Brexit deal as soon as possible this autumn, her office said.
"She acknowledged that there were a few significant issues that were still outstanding, but said that the very real sense she had from leaders around the table at the Council was that they wanted to reach a deal as soon as possible this autumn," her office said in a statement.
In a conference call, she had also spoken of the so-called Northern Irish backstop designed to prevent the erection of a hard border on the island of Ireland, it added.
"If required, this would ... only be necessary for a temporary period to act as a bridge to the future relationship," she had said on the call.
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