* MSCI Asia-Pacific steady after hitting 7-month high overnight

* Brexit summit, ECB meeting, earnings season in focus

* U.S. and Brent crude futures hit highest since Nov. 2018

* Sydney down 0.25 pct, Nikkei falls 0.15 pct

* Asian stock markets: tmsnrt.rs/2zpUAr4

By Daniel Leussink

TOKYO, April 9 (Reuters) – Asian shares got off to a subdued start on Tuesday as investors braced for key events later in the week, including the kick-off of the U.S. earnings season and a crucial Brexit summit, while broader concerns over slowing global growth checked sentiment.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was basically flat after brushing its highest since late August last year during the previous session.

Australian shares dipped 0.25 percent while Japan’s Nikkei