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EU to vow ‘common future’ after Brexit body blow

    18th March, 2017 11:37:38 printer

EU to vow ‘common future’ after Brexit body blow

BRUSSELS: The EU is set to re-commit itself to “our common future” at a summit marking its 60th anniversary, defying Brexit and growing euroscepticism, according to a draft declaration.


They also vow to work for “even greater unity” while allowing “different paces and intensity” of cooperation—a notion which could fuel tensions among member states.


“We are determined to make the EU stronger and more resilient, through even greater unity and solidarity amongst us,” says the draft document by 27 member states and EU institutions, dated March 16.


The declaration is likely to be subject to negotiation by EU nations ahead of a summit on March 25 summit, marking the 60th anniversary of the bloc’s founding Treaty of Rome.


The Rome anniversary summit comes at a critical juncture for the European Union, with Britain about to trigger divorce talks while other eurosceptic movements vie for power.


The one-and-a-half page text, a copy of which was obtained by AFP Saturday, vows: “Unity is both a necessity and our free choice.