October 15, 2018 / 8:25 AM / a month ago

Austrian foreign minister seeks more clarity on Brexit by Wednesday

Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl gestures after her address to the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said on Monday she hoped for more clarity on Brexit talks at this week’s meeting of EU leaders starting on Wednesday in Brussels.

Negotiators from both sides failed to bridge the gap in intense weekend talks before a high-stakes EU summit on Wednesday and Thursday.

The outstanding question of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland is crucial for Brexit, Kneissl said.

“For the time being, as far as I can observe, everything is on suspense until Wednesday, and on Wednesday I hope that we can see a bit more clearly,” Kneissl said on her way to a meeting of EU foreign ministers.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; @macdonaldrtr; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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