October 11, 2018 / 5:51 PM / in 9 days

Brexit backstop talks likely to continue till November - British PM

LONDON (Reuters) - Talks between Britain and the European Union on the crucial question of how to avoid a hard border in Ireland are likely to continue until November, British Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May talks to employees at WPP who have come through micro fellowships and apprenticeships, after a roundtable meeting with business leaders whose companies are inaugural signatories of the Race at Work Charter, at the Southbank Centre in London, Britain, October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Earlier on Thursday diplomats told Reuters that British and EU negotiators were making headway on the Irish border and hoped for a Brexit deal breakthrough on Monday.

Speaking to Northern Ireland journalists at her Downing Street office, May also said she expected immigration to be a significant issue in talks.

Asked whether she thought the Democratic Unionist Party - a Northern Irish group whose 10 members of parliament she depends on to pass legislation - might withdraw their support over the border issue, May said: “The DUP will do what the DUP will do.”

Reporting by Amanda Ferguson; Conor Humphries; editing by David Stamp

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