The European Union and Britain are walking a diplomatic tightrope as they attempt to thrash out a divorce deal in time for Britain’s departure from the bloc next March.

Arriving Thursday at a summit of EU leaders in the Austrian city of Salzburg, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte labeled the Brexit negotiations “a balancing act.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz chat when arriving at the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Even though both sides remain far apart on shape of their future economic relationship and on the border between Ireland and the U.K.’s Northern Ireland, no one sought confrontation.

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged flexibility when addressing EU leaders at a dinner Thursday.

British Prime Minister Theresa May smiles when arriving at the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said May was “interesting” and “polite.”

Both sides have said they want a deal this autumn to allow parliaments to give their approvals in time.

Source: The Associated Press

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