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The Latest: Lithuanian Leader Says Listen to the People

The Latest: Lithuanian Leader Says Listen to the People

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 04:48 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on British vote to leave the European Union (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says Europe must wake up and start listening to its citizens on issues like immigration and economic growth following the U.K.'s unprecedented vote to leave the European Union.

Grybauskaite said Wednesday as she arrived for a summit with EU counterparts minus Britain that "we all need to wake up and smell the coffee."

She told reporters in Brussels that "Britain knows what to do after what they did. Today is about us, what we are going to do about our unity and about preparations for the transitional period, for British withdrawal."

She underlined that "we need to listen to people."

9:20 a.m.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says Europeans are disenchanted with the EU project as the bloc's leaders meet to pick up the pieces after the U.K. vote to leave.

"There is a perception of technocracy," Michel told reporters Wednesday as EU leaders gathered without Britain to chart the way forward as 27 member states after the U.K. formally leaves.

He said "we have to show that Europe brings a real added value that can be felt by our fellow citizens."

His counterpart from neighboring Luxembourg said it was important to show unity at the meeting.

Bettel said that "with a disunited United Kingdom we need a united Europe more than ever."

8:00 a.m.

EU leaders are meeting without Britain for the first time to rethink their union and keep it from disintegrating after Britain's unprecedented vote to leave.

Divisions between the EU founders and newer countries in the east threaten to complicate any bold new plans at Wednesday's meeting.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says: "It's not only the British voters who have doubts about European cooperation. There is skepticism in many other EU countries."

Other EU countries are now facing calls, especially from the far right, for referendums on quitting the bloc. The 27 remaining EU members are also divided over how to deal with migration, which was a major issue in Britain's vote last week.

British Prime Minister David Cameron left Brussels Tuesday night without any clear divorce plan.

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The Latest on British vote to leave the European Union (all times local):9:30 a.m.Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite says Europe must wake up and start listening to its citizens on issues like immigration and economic growth following the U.K.'s unprecedented vote to...
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