September 17, 2018 / 8:30 AM / 7 months ago

EU must do all it can to avoid hard Brexit - Austrian chancellor

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz addresses the media after a cabinet meeting in Vienna, Austria, August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

PARIS (Reuters) - Britain’s European Union partners should do everything in their power to avoid a “hard Brexit” in which London leaves the bloc without a deal, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Monday.

“I think that we agree that we have to do everything possible to avoid a hard Brexit,” Kurz told reporters in Paris, where he was meeting French President Emmanuel Macron.

“It’s indispensable that we reach an agreement and that European Union rules be fully maintained,” Macron said.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; Writing by Laurence Frost; Editing by Brian Love

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