EU President Donald Tusk on Saturday urged the bloc to keep a united front at a special Brexit summit in Brussels, saying it will also help Britain if they can reach a deal.
The EU has hardened its position on Brexit talks ahead of a key summit, making new demands on financial services, immigration and Britain's exit bill.
The European Uinon said that it did not expect negotiating guidelines for Brexit to be affected by British government's call for an early general election.
European Union president Donald Tusk will meet British PM Theresa May in London later on Thursday, as the two sides prepare for tough Brexit talks.
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For the EU, already reeling from successive crises over debt and refugees, the loss of Britain is the biggest blow yet to 60 years of efforts to forge European unity in the wake of two devastating world wars
Britain's relationship with the European Union was always an awkward marriage of convenience rather than a case of love at first sight
A spokesman for Tusk said there was "broad agreement" that "Estonia's presidency be brought forward by six months to take the place of the UK".
Commentators have drawn comparisons between Merkel and May: both pastors' daughters with low-profile husbands, no children and a love of Alpine hiking.
EU leaders agreed that Britain cannot have access to the single market after leaving the union without accepting the bloc's rules on free movement.
European leaders met on Wednesday without Britain for the first time in 40 years to prepare for life after the Brexit bombshell.
From Hillary Clinton to Narendra Modi, leaders around the world condemn the terror attacks in Istanbul, Turkey, expressing their solidarity on Twitter.
PM David Cameron bid goodbye to his EU counterparts in a "sad" Tuesday summit in Brussels, while leaders' hands were tied on follow-up action.
EU leaders have given Britain breathing space by accepting it needed time to absorb a shock Brexit vote before triggering a divorce but insisted the crunch move could not wait months.
A British exit from the European Union could cause global market swings for a while. But that would soon pass. If we're lucky, that is.
The campaign to decide Britain’s membership of the European Union restarted on Sunday after a three-day hiatus following the killing of lawmaker Jo Cox.
European Union President Donald Tusk says that voting to leave the bloc would be a geopolitical setback for Britain, and it would take at least seven years to negotiate a new Britain-EU relationship.
Migrants hoping to trek from Greece towards northern Europe found their path blocked on Wednesday after a string of western Balkan nations slammed shut their borders
EU leaders go into a make-or-break Brexit summit on Thursday facing difficult compromises to keep Britain in the bloc.
Turkey and the European Union agreed at a summit on Sunday on a "historic" three-billion-euro ($3.2 billion) aid deal to stem the flow of Syrian refugees and other migrants to Europe.
EU president Donald Tusk on Tuesday urged a crackdown on the "murderers" among human traffickers who have killed scores of people trying to reach Europe from conflicts abroad.