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In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, a sign in a parking lot of a cemetery reads: "No EU border in Ireland" near Carrickcarnan, Ireland, just next to the Jonesborough Parish church in Northern Ireland. The land around the small town of Carrickcarnan, Ireland is the kind of place where Britain’s plan to leave the European Union walks right into a wall - an invisible one that is proving insanely difficult to overcome. Somehow, a border of sorts will have to be drawn between Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, and EU member country Ireland to allow customs control over goods, produce and livestock once the U.K. has left the bloc. (AP Photo/Lorne Cook)

UK's May says Brexit deal with EU not far off


LUXEMBOURG (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May says the U.K. and the European Union are not far apart in Brexit negotiations and a divorce deal remains achievable.

Speaking to lawmakers Monday after weekend Brexit talks failed to make a breakthrough, May said "the shape of a deal" is clear in most areas, but a gap remains on the issue of the Irish border.

Talks have stalled around how to ensure there is no hard border between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Brexit. Britain rejects the EU's "backstop" proposal, which would keep Northern Ireland in a customs union with the bloc.

May says that's unacceptable, but the two sides are now discussing "a U.K.-wide customs solution" where all of Britain stays in a customs partnership with the EU. The main sticking point is Britain's insistence that such a solution must be temporary.

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