EU leaders focus today on “life after Brexit”.
They ignore the United Kingdom at a crunch gathering in the Romanian town of Sibiu. Despite Britain still being a fully paid up member of the EU Theresa May is not in Romania.
The EU27 hold an informal gathering to discuss life without Britain, despite Mrs May’s failure to quit the Brussels bloc.
The European Union hopes a show of unity will send a strong message to Britain that the Prime Minister’s hated Brexit deal is not up for negotiation and there is no room for compromise on the terms of the divorce.
Diplomats and officials are keen on the event as it gives them an opportunity to discuss anything but Britain’s divorce, which has prominently featured on their agenda for the last three years.
The discussions in the Southern Transylvanian town, at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, were first dreamt up by Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission’s president, to provide EU leaders with a platform to issue a response to Brexit.
But the unforeseen Brexit delay, which now sees Britain scheduled to leave the bloc on October 31, has somewhat hampered EU decisions on the future.
European Council President Donald Tusk stated on Thursday in Sibiu that he fell in love with this city which hosted the informal summit of the EU heads of state and government.
“I simply fell in love with Sibiu,” Tusk stated in Romanian, at the joint press conference held with President Klaus Iohannis and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
In the beginning of his speech, Donald Tusk showed the gloves he received from Helmut Duckadam, which he mentioned in the speech he delivered in Bucharest in January, when Romania took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
“When we met in January, I spoke out of my heart about Romania, because I am convinced that you are remarkable. You have organised an exceptional summit,” Tusk added in Romanian.b