EU SUMMIT WRAP-UP: European Council ends, post-Brexit EU starts to take shape

General view during special European Summit in Brussels, Belgium, 29 April 2017. [Olivier Hoslet/EPA]

On the second and final day of the summit on Friday (23 June), EU leaders met ECB President Mario Draghi, who presented the current economic situation. They also discussed migration and Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas outlined the digital ambitions of the incoming Estonian Presidency.

The summit wrapped up by lunchtime, with the leaders steering clear of controversy such as the migration dossier and concentrating instead on the “external aspects” of the challenge. Read our coverage below.


Zoran Radosavljevic 23/06/201718:42

Macron makes link between poor French economy and refugees

Emmanuel Macron said there was “no glory” in France’s track record on refugees because it reflected the country’s weak economy.

Samuel Morgan 23/06/201718:05

The Brief: De Gaulle was right about Britain all along

Back in the 1960s, Charles de Gaulle vetoed the UK’s attempts to join what is now the EU. Exactly one year on from the Brexit vote, it’s clear that ‘the Great Asparagus’ was right to try and keep Britain out of the club.

Zoran Radosavljevic 23/06/201717:53

Council conclusions:

Samuel Morgan 23/06/201717:42

UK's May leaves EU summit empty-handed

British Prime Minister Theresa May put on a brave face at the end of an EU summit on Friday (23 June), insisting she had made a “fair and serious” offer to her European partners and that all aspects of Brexit were still up for discussion. But the writing on the wall was unmistakable.

Samuel Morgan 23/06/201717:29

Macron, Merkel: EU treaty change is not taboo

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at a joint presser after the end of the EU summit on Friday (23 June), said that treaty change should not be an obstacle to carrying out important reforms.