EU leaders to hold crisis talks after UK
Founding members of the European Union are set to hold a crisis summit on the future of the troubled union following Britain’s vote to leave the 28-nation bloc.
On Saturday, foreign ministers from the six countries, namely Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg, will gather in Berlin in the first of a series of crisis meetings to be held in the coming weeks over Brexit to ensure the transition goes as smooth as possible.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will host his French counterparts for the six-way conference on “current European political issues,” said Germany’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.
In a referendum held on June 23, Britons voted to withdraw from the EU by a narrow margin, with a turnout of 72 percent. Leave won the referendum with 51.9 percent, while Remain finished on 48.1 percent.
After the release of the final results, UK Prime Minister David Cameron stepped down and said he would leave office in fall.
Senior European leaders expressed dismay over Britain’s ‘Yes’ vote to EU exit amid warnings of repercussions and fears of further calls for similar referendums.
On Friday, Steinmeier described the outcome of the British referendum as “a sad day for Europe and the United Kingdom,” Ayrault said Paris and Berlin will present their partners with “concrete solutions” to make the EU “more effective.”