September 19, 2018 / 6:20 PM / a year ago

EU's Juncker says Brexit deal still 'far away'

FILE PHOTO - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker arrives for the informal meeting of European Union leaders ahead of the EU summit, in Salzburg, Austria, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday that a Brexit deal with Britain was still “far away”, an EU official said.

Juncker had been asked on arrival at a summit in Austria with British Prime Minister Theresa May about how close the sides were to concluding a deal which both say they hope to conclude in the coming two months.

Officials on both sides say much of a withdrawal treaty is complete but there remain serious differences over trade terms and the Irish border which European Union officials have said could still lead to the talks breaking down altogether.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Alison Williams

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