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Beyond Brexit: EU looks at future for its 27 other nations

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2017 | 10:50 AM
French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, arrive at the Confluences Museum in Lyon, central France, before visiting the "Lumiere ! l'Invention du Cinema" exhibition within the 34th French - Italian summit in Lyon, Wednesday.

European Union leaders to look at vision for post-Brexit future


The European Union will be looking beyond its impending break-up with Britain at how to build a common future with the 27 nations remaining in the bloc during a two-day summit, which started late yesterday.

With keynote speeches on how to reform the bloc to keep it together, French President Emmanuel Macron and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have set out over the past days their visions of closer EU integration. In the past, that idea had often been held back by a half-hearted Britain.

Britain's decision to leave the bloc has now given a new impetus for the others to move ahead. During a summit

dinner, the EU leaders will have a first assessment of those visions.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is also expected to attend the dinner.