BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The current head of the body is Slovakia which will be replaced by Malta in early 2017.
"I can confirm that [UK Prime Minister Theresa] May informed Tusk yesterday evening during their phone call of their decision to relinquish the UK presidency. Now, member states will discuss and decide on who will replace the UK next year. A COREPER [Committee of Permanent Representatives] discussion [will take place] today," Preben Aamann told RIA Novosti.
On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union.
According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit.