In a statement, the EU says the British people's decision must be respected and calls for negotiations to be launched "swiftly".
Emergency meeting in Brussels
The leaders of the European Council, European Commission and European Parliament gather for an emergency post-Brexit meeting in Brussels.
— European Commission (@EU_Commission) June 24, 2016
Around the table were:
- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
- European Council President Donald Tusk
- European Parliament President Martin Schulz ### The three ‘R’s
EU leaders based their reaction to the news from London around “the three ‘R’s”
- Regret – at losing nearly a fifth of the EU economy and more of its military and global clout
- Respect – for the will of the British people
- Resolve – to keep the rest of the Union together
They also reminded the UK that it remains a full member for the time being.
“Get out, if you are going” – Juncker
JunckerEU</a> "The British people have expressed their wish to leave. We regret this decision but respect it" <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EURef?src=hash">#EURef</a> <a href="https://t.co/zAMN7LCKQw">pic.twitter.com/zAMN7LCKQw</a></p>— European Commission (EU_Commission) June 24, 2016
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is adamant there is no going back:
“I’m very sad about this decision, but of course we have to respect it. We now expect the United Kingdom government to give the fact to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, however painful that process may be. Any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty. As agreed, the new settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union reached at European Council in February this year will now not take effect and ceases to exist. There will be no renegotiation.”
“Cameron is to blame and Scotland will break away” – Oettinger
Speaking on a visit to the Euronews headquarters in Lyon, the EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Gunther Oettinger says the blame for the failure to convince British voters to remain in the EU lies with the UK Prime Minister.
Commissioner tells Euronews that Cameron is to blame for failure to convince voters of the benefits of Europe https://t.co/0UQqZKnkcx
— euronews (@euronews) June 24, 2016
Oettinger: “It was his (Cameron’s) clear order that the Commission should be out of the game (the campaign).”
Nial O’Reilly (Euronews): “So, it’s his fault?”
Oettinger: “I think so, yes. What he did is not acceptable.Scotland will leave the UK, possibly, and so what Cameron and his counterpart Johnson did has damaged the whole United Kingdom for the next two to five years.”
The plan for the next few days
There will be hectic activity over the weekend.
- Saturday – Foreign ministers of the six founding countries meet in Berlin
- Sunday – “Sherpa” messengers for EU leaders meet in Brussels, when a Spanish general election will also affect EU business.
- Sunday/Monday – EU Commission’s “college” of 28 national commissioners meets in Brussels
- Monday – Tusk and French President Francois Hollande meet in Paris
- Monday – Tusk and Hollande travel to Berlin to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel
- Tuesday – EU leaders meet in Brussels for a 24 hour summit starting at 1700
- Wednesday – David Cameron faces PMQs in UK parliament > #Brexit The shocking British vote – © Chappatte in The International New York Times
nytopinion</a> <a href="https://t.co/Qw3NCqnXI7">pic.twitter.com/Qw3NCqnXI7</a></p>— Chappatte Cartoons (PatChappatte) June 24, 2016