Irish PM confident on Brexit, believes British PM wants deal

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Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin arrives at a two-day face-to-face EU summit, in Brussels
Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin arrives at a two-day face-to-face EU summit, in Brussels

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's prime minister said on Saturday he thinks Britain and the European Union will strike a post-Brexit trade deal and that the resumption of talks this week is a good sign despite the challenges that remain.

Both sides have said they made good progress in the latest talks on a last-minute trade deal that would stave off a tumultuous finale to the five-year-old Brexit crisis, but fish is still the biggest sticking point.

"My gut instinct is that the (British) prime minister does want a deal," Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin told an online conference.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Mark Heinrich)