The leaders of the remaining 27 E.U. members states have met for the first time without Great Britain, six days after the bloc’s second-largest economic power voted to leave in a historic referendum.
“This is a very exceptional moment,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a news conference in Brussels. None of the 27 member states, however, currently support reforming the E.U. treaties in response to Britain’s exit, she said.
The E.U. heads of state and government closed ranks in their response to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave. During their informal meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, they made clear that E.U. law will continue to apply in Britain until London negotiates an exit treaty.