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>> It was here in Salzburg, Austria that the classic Hollywood musical, The Sound of Music took place.>> Prime Minister, hello.>> This week, it's where British Prime Minister Theresa May is negotiating the fate of Brexit. So far, there's no singing with joy. A government source says May isn't impressed with the most recent proposal from the EU to avoid a crisis on the Irish border.
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Their plan set up custom's checks for certain goods away from the border at businesses and markets instead. They hope it will keep that border open which is what both sides want. Reuters Alastair MacDonald is also in Salzburg where he says now there's renewed pressure for an insurance plan for the Irish question, in case all other deals fail, what's often called The Backstop.
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>> What is happening here in Salzburg could be the beginning of the end game for negotiations. Now these trade talks could go in several different directions. There's an intention to get a broad outline of what they might look like to accompany the withdrawal treaty that they hope to complete in the next few months.
00:01:05
However, the Irish government is particularly keen that this needs to be a legally operable bank stop, something that would work whatever happens. So they are very keen that this can does not kicked down the road. At the same time, the British are saying, look, we cannot have Northern Ireland being different from the British Mainland.
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The Europeans are saying, well there are already some differences. These are checks that would be largely invisible, people would not see them. So we're seeing the two sides coming together over what this insurance policy could look like. But we're still some considerable way from an agreement.>> Theresa May is under pressure to assure voters and some rebellious members of her own party that she has Brexit under control.
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EU's also trying not to press her too hard. Simply put, they need her to help finalize a deal. If she's kicked from Downing Street, her successor might be more hard line.