Austria: 'It's important to avoid a hard Brexit' — Kurz tells May after talks

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that for Vienna it is «important to avoid a hard Brexit,» while speaking at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May following talks in Salzburg on Friday. «The Brexit decision is a decision we see very negatively, but, of course, it has been taken by the British people, so now we have to find a way to deal with it,» Kurz said... Еще. The Austrian leader expressed his hope that the talks between the UK government and the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier would be «successful» and that they would find a «solution until October.» Kurz also underlined that Vienna wants to maintain strong ties with the UK after Brexit, stating, «we both need that.» Austria has just taken over the EU presidency for six months. Theresa May responded that the bilateral relationship between Austria and the UK is very important for Britain. «And I am looking forward to discussing how we could enhance that for the future,» she said. The meeting between the two leaders took place on the sidelines of the Salzburg Festival. Alongside several other international leaders, May is set to attend the opening ceremony of the event, including a performance of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'.

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