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EU 27 meet in Brussels - and the UK is not invited

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EU 27 meet in Brussels - and the UK is not invited

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What is happening?

An informal meeting of EU leaders is underway in Brussels.

But this time, there are only 27 and not 28.

The UK’s Prime Minister has already left.

Where is David Cameron?

Back in London.

Cameron was in Brussels yesterday for what had been billed as his most awkard summit yet, where he would be forced to account for the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

Having resigned in the wake of last week’s vote, Cameron came to Brussels as a caretaker prime minister for what is likely to have been his last EU summit.

What reception did Cameron get in Brussels?

Relations with officials seemed warm. The UK Prime Minister was seen smiling with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker.

Officials in Brussels are putting pressure on the UK to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the never-used mechanism by which a member state leaves the union.

“What I don’t understand is that those who wanted to leave are totally unable to tell us what they want. but I hope that the notification by the next British government will arrive as soon as possible,” Juncker told reporters.

Sticking points

On Tuesday, EU leaders told Cameron that continued access to the EU’s single market is dependent on accepting what are known as the “Four Freedoms”.

These are the movement of goods, capital, services and workers across all EU member states.

Insiders say this will be a key issue in any negotiations with a member state that wishes to leave – like the UK.

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