** The Sri Lankan rupee fell to an
all-time low of 179.95 per dollar on Friday, as a Moody's downgrade of the
country's credit rating in the wake of a political crisis saw more investors
dump rupee-denominated assets.
Britain would have issues
negotiating trade deals with new partners if an Irish border
backstop arrangement came into effect, trade minister Liam Fox
said on Friday, but reservations about it on both sides suggest
it won't need to be used.