Euro­pean min­is­ters meet in Brus­sels

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Euro­pean Union lead­ers be­gan plot­ting a fu­ture with­out Bri­tain, urg­ing the UK to dis­en­tan­gle it­self as fast as pos­si­ble from the other 27 na­tions in the bloc to avoid ex­tend­ing the cur­rent tur­moil.

EU Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Don­ald Tusk said he was plan­ning a spe­cial meet­ing of the EU lead­ers mi­nus UK Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron in Bratislava in Septem­ber to chart a way ahead, af­ter last week’s ref­er­en­dum made abun­dantly clear that a busi­nes­sas-usual ap­proach to Bri­tain leav­ing could pos­si­bly threaten the unity of the bloc.

The move came as last night there was fur­ther drama in the UK as op­po­si­tion Labour leader Party leader Jeremy Cor­byn lost a vote of no con­fi­dence.

Mean­while, Cameron held talks with Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker hours ahead of an EU sum­mit in Brus­sels where the out­go­ing Bri­tish leader was ex­pected to say that exit talks might not be launched be­fore Oc­to­ber. There has been talk that Bri­tain wants in­for­mal ne­go­ti­a­tions on what the UK’s fu­ture re­la­tions with Europe might look like be­fore that hap­pens - a no­tion many in the bloc have re­jected.

Juncker and other Euro­pean lead­ers in­sist they won’t be­gin any talks un­til Bri­tain in­vokes the Ar­ti­cle 50 of the EU’s Treaty of Lis­bon, which sets in mo­tion a two-year process to split away from the group.

In an un­prece­dented emer­gency ses­sion of the EU par­lia­ment, called af­ter Bri­tain voted to leave the union, Juncker de­manded that Bri­tain clar­ify its fu­ture.

“I want the UK to clar­ify its po­si­tion. Not to­day, not to­mor­row at 9am, but soon,” said. “We can­not al­low our­selves to re­main in a pro­longed pe­riod of un­cer­tainty.”

Juncker said he had banned his pol­icy com­mis­sion­ers from hold­ing any se­cret talks with Bri­tain on its fu­ture un­til London trig­gers the exit clause.

“No no­ti­fi­ca­tion. No ne­go­ti­a­tion,” he said to re­sound­ing ap­plause.

The im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion to the Brexit in the EU par­lia­ment was emo­tional yes­ter­day. Nigel Farage, a Bri­tish mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment and a leader in Bri­tain’s leave move­ment, was booed and jeered when he urged Europe to give Bri­tain a good trade deal when it leaves, say­ing jobs in Ger­many's auto sec­tor might be at stake if it doesn't.

“Why don’t we just be prag­matic, sen­si­ble, grown-up, rea­son­able... and cut a sen­si­ble tar­iff-free deal?” he asked.

BOOED: Bri­tish MEP Nigel Farage was jeered

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