European Union leaders meet first time without UK PM

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:25 GMT, Jun 29, 2016 |

European Union leaders schedule to meet in Brussels, but without the UK after its vote to leave the Union.

The 27 other member states will discuss plans for the UK’s EU exit, with the UK absent from negotiations for the first time in 40 years.

UK PM David Cameron said on Tuesday (June 28) continued trade and security co-operation with the EU would be vital.

Germany’s Angela Merkel urged the bloc to “respect the result” of the UK vote.

She and other leaders also renewed calls for Britain to set out plans for leaving as soon as possible.

Mr Cameron said the rest of the EU wanted to have the “closest possible” relationship with the UK after Brexit.