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    Tusk Says Realistic Analysis of Brexit Vote Necessary for EU Optimistic Scenario

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    European Council President Donald Tusk called on Thursday, ahead of informal summit in Slovakia, for a deep and serious analysis of the reasons behind the Brexit vote and its consequences to ensure optimistic future for the bloc.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The EU leaders are due to convene on Friday in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava to discuss a stage-by-stage plan of reforming the European Union after British decision to leave the bloc. UK Prime Minister will not attend the meeting.

    "We need optimistic scenario for EU27 future. But it requires realistic diagnosis of causes of Brexit & its consequences for Europe. We need to assure citizens that we're able to bring back stability, sense of security, effective protection," he said on his official Twitter account.

    The participants of the summit will also discuss Europe's migrant crisis and the issue of protecting Schengen borders.

    On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to decide whether the it should leave or remain in the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.


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