October 17, 2019 / 12:32 PM / a month ago

HIGHLIGHTS-EU leaders meet at summit dominated by Brexit

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BRUSSELS, Oct 17 (Reuters) - EU leaders met for a two-day summit on Thursday and Friday, dominated by Brexit but also with other pressing issues including Turkey’s invasion of Syria, possible enlargement and the bloc’s budget.

The following are comments from the leaders and senior EU officials on their arrival.

ESTONIA PM JURI RATAS

“Brexit is still 100 times more better than without a deal.|

LATVIA PM KRISJANIS KARINS

“We want to have a deal with the UK because after Brexit we want a good relationship with the UK.”

“It certainly looks very promising.”

SWEDEN PM STEFAN LOFVEN

“We have always supported an orderly exit.”

“We will continue the process with this deal.”

“We want to take the deal further so that the British parliament can decide on it.”

EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT DONALD TUSK

“A deal is always better than a no-deal.”

FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON

“We have good news this morning.”

“The deal now needs to be technically explained, politically presented. It will be done in the coming hours. As far as I’m concerned, I am satisfied we managed to find it and reasonably confident it can be ratified by the British and European parliament.”

BELGIUM PM CHALRES MICHEL

“It is a step in the right direction, but I remain cautious. That’s in my character, my temperament, because I know from experience that the devil is often in the detail. ...now it is necessary that the British parliament provides its approval.”

DUTCH PM MARK RUTTE

“Well, (it’s) very encouraging news that there is an agreement, now we have to study the details. But in itself very encouraging.”

FINNISH PM ANTTI RINNE

“The ball again is in the British Parliament(‘s court) ... I hope it goes through this time.”

“I hope we are now at the end of this process. But there are still many doubts - for instance, inside the British parliament.”

Reporting by Brussels newsroom

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