September 19, 2018 / 3:17 PM / a month ago

Austria's Kurz calls on Britain to compromise in Brexit talks

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called on Britain to be more flexible in the Brexit negotiations after the EU’s chief negotiator offered compromises.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz arrives for the European People's Party (EPP) meeting ahead of the informal meeting of EU leaders, in Salzburg, Austria, September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

“A hard Brexit with no deal would be difficult for Europe, but it would be terrible for the UK,” Kurz, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, told a news conference on Wednesday before the start of a summit with the bloc’s leaders.

He said he was still optimistic for a deal, however.

Reporting by Francois Murphy, writing by Robin Emmott; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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