February 1, 2019 / 8:28 AM / 7 months ago

Austria sees likelihood of hard Brexit - foreign minister

Austria's foreign minister Karin Kneissl arrives at the informal meeting of the European Union foreign ministers in Bucharest, Romania, January 31, 2019. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Austria sees a heightened risk that Britain will fall out of the European Union without an agreement to avoid a hard economic crash, the country’s foreign minister said on Friday.

Asked if Britain was heading for a hard Brexit, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said: “That is my estimation.”

“In my view, there are lots of signs that indicate a hard Brexit,” Kneissl told reporters as she arrived for a second day of talks with her EU counterparts in Bucharest.

Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Alison Williams

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